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[self-tawr-ment, self-]
  1. an act or instance of tormenting oneself, as with worry or guilt.
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Origin of self-torment

First recorded in 1640–50
Related formsself-tor·ment·ed, adjectiveself-tor·ment·ing, adjectiveself-tor·ment·ing·ly, adverbself-tor·men·tor, noun
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Historical Examples of self-torment

  • The doubt on my mind was dispelled—not a pretext left for my own self-torment.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Charity listened with a greed of self-torment like a fanatic penitent.

  • She has much of your absurd sensitiveness; self-torment is one of her vices.

    Cape of Storms

    Percival Pollard

  • The poor fellow was in agonies of self-torment at the thought.

  • He now must wander in self-torment, seeking and finding not.