self-laceration

noun
self-lac·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌla-sə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce self-laceration (audio) \
plural self-lacerations

Definition of self-laceration

: the act or an instance of lacerating oneself: such as
a : the act or action of cutting or tearing one's own flesh … the self-laceration often results in sustained or permanent visible disfigurements to the body …— Armando Favazza
b : the act or action of rebuking or tormenting oneself Here his self-laceration finds expression in a series of adjectives that come tumbling out …— Harold Bloom

Other Words from self-laceration

self-lacerating \ ˌself-​ˈla-​sə-​ˌrā-​tiŋ How to pronounce self-lacerating (audio) \ adjective
a self-lacerating autobiography his self-lacerating honesty … as she launched an unexpected second career as an acerbic, self-lacerating chronicler of Hollywood excess … — Matt Schudel

First Known Use of self-laceration

1684, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Self-laceration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-laceration. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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