Definition of self-mortification
: the infliction of pain or discomfort on oneself Early Roman Catholic missions in the Philippines had emphasized a form of transcendence that is achieved through acts of pain-inflicting self-mortification.— Julius Bautista … he was earnestly pressed by Mrs. Dashwood to stay longer; but, as if he were bent only on self-mortification, he seemed resolved to be gone when his enjoyment among his friends was at the height.— Jane Austen I was a well-oiled self-mortification machine. That is, a teenager.— Jonathan Goldstein
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