self-punishing

adjective
self-pun·​ish·​ing | \ ˌself-ˈpə-ni-shiŋ How to pronounce self-punishing (audio) \

Definition of self-punishing

: acting or serving to punish oneself self-punishing thoughts … it squared with what they knew about the troubled soul of Meriwether Lewis; … how hard he was on himself; … and how self-punishing he was when he felt that he was not meeting his own or the world's expectations.— Clay S. Jenkinson

First Known Use of self-punishing

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-punishing was circa 1586

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“Self-punishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-punishing. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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