1. voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
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How To Use self-mortification In A Sentence

  • One is therefore, from more than one point of view, left with a sort of Fakir self-mortification, undertaken and "dreed" neither to atone for anything, nor to propitiate any Power, nor really to benefit any man. A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century
  • Other sadhus practise what they call 'austerities', many of which involve self-mortification. Times, Sunday Times
  • At first he studied under teachers who prescribed rigorous fasting and self-mortification.
  • According to Chesterton, dirtiness is merely a kind of ‘discomfort’ and therefore ranks as self-mortification. The Road to Wigan Pier
  • Their bodies, thinned by rigorous fasting and scarred by the disciplines of self-mortification, were decently concealed by long dark robes.
  • For the Buddha's monks this meant a life of mendicancy, of poverty but not of self-mortification, of celibacy and of gentle honesty.
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