Definition of self-punishment in English:


Line breaks: self-punish¦ment


[mass noun]
  • The inflicting of punishment on oneself: she was unable to break her cycle of self-punishment
    More example sentences
    • The artist alternates between self-punishment and the exercise of power.
    • These forms of self-punishment, known as "mortification of the flesh," have been around for ages and are certainly not unique to Opus Dei.
    • This is not self-punishment and has nothing to do with guilt or innocence.

More definitions of self-punishment

Definition of self-punishment in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody