self-inflicted

adjective

self-in·​flict·​ed ˌself-in-ˈflik-təd How to pronounce self-inflicted (audio)
: inflicted or caused by oneself
a self-inflicted wound
His staff problems are self-inflicted, the product of his poor judgment and bad choices.The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Examples of self-inflicted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who told Stevens the big lie that persuaded him despite all the conflicting evidence at the scene that Linda’s death was self-inflicted? Larry Welborn, Orange County Register, 5 July 2024 Detectives are working to determine if the gunshot that killed the child was self-inflicted or fired by another person in the home. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2024 The shooting of a 17-year-old girl that had originally been reported as self-inflicted has been ruled a homicide, Baltimore Police said. Kiersten Hacker, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2024 The undoing of Fisker Inc. was more self-inflicted. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for self-inflicted 

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-inflicted was in 1600

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“Self-inflicted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-inflicted. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

self-inflicted

adjective
self-in·​flict·​ed
ˌsel-fin-ˈflik-təd
: inflicted by oneself
a self-inflicted wound

Medical Definition

self-inflicted

adjective
self-in·​flict·​ed -in-ˈflik-təd How to pronounce self-inflicted (audio)
: inflicted by oneself
a self-inflicted wound

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