self-harm

noun
\ ˌself-ˈhärm How to pronounce self-harm (audio) \

Definition of self-harm

: the act of purposely hurting oneself (as by cutting or burning the skin) as an emotional coping mechanism Although most cutters are young women who have been emotionally, sexually, or physically abused as children, [Marilee] Strong's research shows that this specific type of self-harm also appears in other groups.— Maria Simson et al.

called also self-injury, self-mutilation

Other Words from self-harm

self-harm intransitive verb self-harmed; self-harming; self-harms
teenagers who self-harm

First Known Use of self-harm

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-harm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-harm. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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