self-tor·​ment ˌself-ˈtȯr-ˌment How to pronounce self-torment (audio)
plural self-torments
: the act or an instance of tormenting oneself especially psychologically
years of self-torment
… he had an unfortunate taste for gambling; and … he always lost thrice where he gained once. That's a mode of self-torment I never was much addicted to.Anne Brontë
I have not yet looked at the newspaper. Generally I leave it till I come back tired from my walk; it amuses me then to see what the noisy world is doing, what new self-torments men have discovered …Henry Ryecroft
ˌself-tȯr-ˈmen-tər How to pronounce self-torment (audio)
plural self-tormentors
Of course the last thing the good doctor would wish is to foist all these complexes on anyone. Engagingly and persuasively he coaxes self-tormentors to have mercy on themselves. Liesl Schillinger

Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-torment was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Self-torment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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