self-cas·​ti·​ga·​tion ˌself-ˌka-stə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce self-castigation (audio)
plural self-castigations
: punishment, reproof, or criticism of oneself
… that inner voice—in women's guilt and self-castigation around selfishness today.Lila MacLellan
… beaten down by a steady stream of self-castigations.Nina Schuyler
self-castigate intransitive verb
self-castigated; self-castigating; self-castigates
a desire to self-castigate

Examples of self-castigation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And for that kind of compromise, self-castigations far exceed any possible public ones. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 18 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-castigation was in 1759

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“Self-castigation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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