self-mor·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌmȯr-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-mortification (audio) \
plural self-mortifications

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

First Known Use of self-mortification

1586, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-mortification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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