Main meanings of self-tormenting in English

: self-tormenting1self-tormenting2

self-tormenting1

Pronunciation /ˌsɛlftɔːˈmɛntɪŋ/

noun

  • The action or practice of inflicting (especially mental) pain or suffering on oneself; an instance of this.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Wither (1588–1667), poet. From self-+ tormenting.

Main meanings of self-tormenting in English

: self-tormenting1self-tormenting2

self-tormenting2

Pronunciation /ˌsɛlftɔːˈmɛntɪŋ/

adjective

  • Of a person: that inflicts (especially mental) pain or suffering on himself or herself; engaging in self-torment. Of a feeling, action, etc.: characterized by or expressing self-torment.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Bartholomew Griffin (fl. 1596), poet. From self- + tormenting.