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self-harm

[ self-hahrm ]
/ 藞s蓻lf藞h蓱rm /
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noun
Also called self-in路ju路ry [self-in-juh-ree] /藞s蓻lf藞瑟n d蕭蓹 ri/ . deliberate nonsuicidal injury to one鈥檚 own body tissue, as cutting or burning the skin, or pulling out hair, in a physical manifestation of emotional distress: Self-harm, eating disorders, and substance abuse were reported among victims of bullying.Formerly self-mu路ti路la路tion [self-myoot-l-ey-shuhn] /藞s蓻lf藢myut l藞e瑟 蕛蓹n/ .
verb (used without object)
to hurt oneself deliberately, without suicidal intention, as a physical manifestation of emotional distress: I self-harm to release the anxiety, but then I feel so much shame that I have to self-harm again to relieve that.
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Origin of self-harm

First recorded in 1610鈥20 for def. 1 and in 1940鈥45 for def. 2; self- + harm
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British Dictionary definitions for self-harm

self-harm

noun
the practice of cutting or otherwise wounding oneself, usually considered as indicating psychological disturbance

Derived forms of self-harm

self-harming, noun
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