self-gratification

[ self-grat-uh-fi-key-shuhn, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlfˌgræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf- /

noun

the act of pleasing or satisfying oneself, especially the gratifying of one's own impulses, needs, or desires.

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Origin of self-gratification

First recorded in 1670–80
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