self-tormenting

adjective
self-tor·​ment·​ing | \ ˌself-tȯr-ˈmen-tiŋ How to pronounce self-tormenting (audio) , -ˈtȯr-ˌmen-\

Definition of self-tormenting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tormenting oneself especially psychologically a self-tormenting perfectionist : marked by self-torment self-tormenting thoughts

self-tormenting

noun
plural self-tormentings

Definition of self-tormenting (Entry 2 of 2)

: self-torment She had, therefore, abundant leisure for reflection, and even for self-tormenting— Sir Walter Scott … golf is a form of self-tormenting. It causes extraordinary amounts of self-inflicted pain …— Andrew Greig But Dante transcends these self-tormentings and rises to a higher stage of spiritual illumination …— Stephen Gurney

First Known Use of self-tormenting

Adjective

1596, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1628, in the meaning defined above

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