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self-tor·​tur·​ing ˌself-ˈtȯrch-riŋ How to pronounce self-torturing (audio)
: self-tormenting
… we're not just holding onto social links with our exes because we're a bunch of self-torturing maniacs.Gabrielle Moss
self-torturing thoughts
All those self-torturing questions. Why had he let her take the bus that night? Why hadn't he driven her?Neil Darbyshire


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plural self-torturings
: self-torture
his endless self-torturing over past mistakes
… the personal loss and emotional deprivation she had suffered in her self-torturingsMark Bostridge

Word History

First Known Use


1629, in the meaning defined above


1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-torturing was in 1629

Dictionary Entries Near self-torturing

Cite this Entry

“Self-torturing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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