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Definition of "self-mortification" [self-mortification]

  • Voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing (noun)

WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.

Use "self-mortification" in a sentence
  • "El Escorial must surely count as one of the most extravagant acts of self-mortification ever accomplished by a Catholic prince."
  • "In yogic tradition, tapas, or literally heat, is the practice of discipline and asceticism that brings one in direct contact with the divine -- and in many lineages it involved extreme self-denial and even self-mortification."
  • "It's everything that's wrong with a decent man, all that loyal soldier stuff, and everything right, too: One by one, in acts of excruciating self-mortification, the guy is reversing each of the grievous stands he took."