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Self-abuse   Listen
Self-abuse  n.  
The abuse of one's own self, powers, or faculties.
Self-deception; delusion. (Obs.)
Masturbation; onanism; self-pollution.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Self-abuse" Quotes from Famous Books

... cannot go to school (though special schools are now doing something towards removing this serious disability), and grow up with an imperfect mental training. They become moody, fretful, ill-tempered, unmanageable, and at puberty fall victims to self-abuse, which helps to lead to neurasthenia. Then they may drift slowly into a state of mental weakness, and often require as much care as imbeciles. If the fits are severe from an early age, arrest of mental development and imbecility follow. If the disease be very mild in character, ...
— Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia • Isaac G. Briggs

... the anus or it may involve the neighboring parts. Thread-worms may find their way out of the anus and in female children may find their way into the vagina. In these instances the child is tormented with itching of the privates and may establish the habit of self-abuse as a result of the constant itching and scratching. The itching is more intense at night soon after the child goes to bed. As a result of the local irritation in the lower part of the bowel and rectum there is set up a catarrh of the bowel which produces large quantities ...
— The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) - A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies • Grant Hague

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