self-harm

[ self-hahrm ]
/ ˈsɛlfˈhɑrm /

noun

Also called self-in·ju·ry [self-in-juh-ree] /ˈsɛlfˈɪn dʒə ri/ . deliberate nonsuicidal injury to one’s 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·ti·la·tion [self-myoot-l-ey-shuhn] /ˈsɛlfˌmyut lˈeɪ ʃən/ .

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 1610–20 for def. 1 and in 1940–45 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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