self-tor·​ment | \ ˌself-ˈtȯr-ˌment How to pronounce self-torment (audio) \
plural self-torments

Definition of self-torment

: 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

Other Words from self-torment

self-tormentor \ ˌself-​tȯr-​ˈmen-​tər How to pronounce self-torment (audio) , -​ˈtȯr-​ˌmen-​ \ noun, 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

First Known Use of self-torment

1624, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-torment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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