self-harm

noun \ ˌself-ˈhärm \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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-multilation

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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