self-torment

[ US /ˌsɛɫfˈtɔɹˌmɛnt/ ]
NOUN
  1. self-imposed distress
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How To Use self-torment In A Sentence

  • He found some alleviation from self-torment in _David Copperfield_, and he determined to borrow a feather from 'the master's' pinion -- in other words, to place an autobiographical novel to his credit. The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories
  • Further, the idea that only Salieri, the mortal enemy, fully appreciated Mozart's genius - albeit clandestinely and self-tormentingly - also feels excogitated and incredible.
  • In fretting, we are enemies to our own peace, and become self-tormentors; in fretting against the Lord we affront him, his justice, goodness, and sovereignty; and it is very absurd to take occasion from the trouble which we pull upon our own heads by our wilfulness, or neglect, to quarrel with him, when we ought to blame ourselves, for it is our own doing. Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)
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