self-mortification

[ self-mawr-tuh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˈsɛlfˌmɔr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
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noun

the inflicting of pain or privation on oneself: He was certain that self-mortification was the only road to salvation.

Origin of self-mortification

First recorded in 1815–25
Related formsself-mor·ti·fied [self-mawr-tuh-fahyd, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈmɔr təˌfaɪd, ˈsɛlf-/, adjective
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