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self-mutilation Syllabification: self-mu·ti·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈˌself ˌmyo͞odəˈlāSHən/

Definition of self-mutilation in English:


The mutilation of oneself, especially as a symptom of mental or emotional disturbance.
Example sentences
  • They say that detention is creating a spiral of depression, psychotic symptoms and self-mutilation.
  • Being disruptive, refusing to obey orders, and engaging in acts of self-mutilation and attempted suicide can all result in punitive action.
  • A woman is being driven to self-mutilation by mental illness, brought on by a disastrous relationship.
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