[ self-in-flik-tid, self- ]

  1. inflicted by oneself upon oneself: a self-inflicted wound.

Origin of self-inflicted

First recorded in 1775–85

Other words from self-inflicted

  • self-in·flic·tion, noun

Words Nearby self-inflicted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use self-inflicted in a sentence

  • He formulated a new law whose effect would be to deliver humanity from its self-inflicted woes.

    My Religion | Leo Tolstoy
  • This idea was that the soul would be lost unless sins were expiated, and expiated by self-inflicted torments on the body.

  • Even so man should be grateful for the great amount of good he receives from God, for many of the evils of man are self-inflicted.

  • What Lætitia and Julius suffered during their self-inflicted separation, Heaven only knows!

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • A self-inflicted death ought to be an honourable action, not a dishonourable means of escape from the necessity for action.

British Dictionary definitions for self-inflicted


  1. (of an injury) having been inflicted on oneself by oneself

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