the act of pleasing or satisfying oneself, especially the gratifying of one's own impulses, needs, or desires.
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How to use self-gratification in a sentence
The only symptoms of his condition were his doubts about God and an obsession with ‘self-gratification.’
She knew her power and has used it for her self gratification regardless of what might become of him.A California Girl | Edward Eldridge
He welcomed the undying joy of self-sacrifice, and repudiated the momentary pleasures of self-gratification.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
What a different notion these two men had of love from that which merely seeks self-gratification!Life of John Coleridge Patteson | Charlotte M. Yonge
They are made to minister to a sort of self-gratification, instead of being turned to account for the good of others.
Or if he devotes himself properly to his vocation he may consume his earnings in current self-gratification.Creating Capital | Frederick L. Lipman