self-abuse NOUN 1) behaviour which causes damage or harm to oneself. 2) euphemistic masturbation.

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  • Self-abuse — n. 1. The abuse of one s own self, powers, or faculties. [1913 Webster] 2. Self deception; delusion. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Masturbation; onanism; self pollution. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-abuse — c.1600, self deception, from SELF (Cf. self) + ABUSE (Cf. abuse) (n.). As a synonym for masturbation, it is recorded from 1728; an earlier term was self pollution (1620s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-abuse — self′ abuse′ n. 1) reproach or blame of oneself 2) abuse of one s health 3) masturbation • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • Self-abuse — may refer to:* Self injury * Masturbation (as a dysphemism) …   Wikipedia

  • self-abuse — self ə byüs n MASTURBATION …   Medical dictionary

  • self-abuse — [self′ə byo͞os′] n. 1. misuse of one s own abilities, talents, etc. 2. accusation, blame, or revilement of oneself 3. Archaic MASTURBATION …   English World dictionary

  • self-abuse —    masturbation    Usually by a male, from the supposition that he may be damaging his body or soul or go blind. Also as self gratification, self indulgence, or self manipulation:     . . . two of them being pretty hopeless cases through self… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • self-abuse — /self euh byoohs , self /, n. 1. reproach or blame of oneself. 2. abuse of one s health. 3. masturbation. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-abuse — self a buse n [U] masturbation used to show disapproval …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-abuse — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. self destruction, masochism, self murder; see abuse 3 , suicide …   English dictionary for students

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