- reproach or blame of oneself.
- abuse of one's health.
Origin of self-abuse
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for self-abuse
A girl of nine years was brought to my office addicted to self-abuse.The Sexual Question
The symptoms of sexual excess are much the same as those of self-abuse.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Self-abuse in one or another form is as common in the case of the girl as in that of the boy.Sex
Self-abuse is not an uncommon evil at the age of eight or ten.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
What effect will a period of self-abuse have upon ones offspring?Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction
T. W. Shannon
- disparagement or misuse of one's own abilities, etc
- a censorious term for masturbationSee masturbation
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Word Origin and History for self-abuse
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Abuse of oneself or one's abilities.
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