• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-abuse manual stimulation of your own genital organ for sexual pleasure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Self-abuse Masturbation; onanism; self-pollution.
    • Self-abuse Self-deception; delusion.
    • Self-abuse The abuse of one's own self, powers, or faculties.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-abuse The abuse of one's own person or powers.
    • n self-abuse Masturbation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Self-abuse the abuse of one's own person or powers: self-pollution
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

He had practiced self-abuse for two years and ascribed his emissions to this cause.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
But such self-abuse gave him no aid in escaping from his own wickedness.
"The Belton Estate" by Anthony Trollope
Self-abuse is not an uncommon evil at the age of eight or ten.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
At that time I had never heard of self-abuse by women.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
He has never practised self-abuse, and seldom had erotic dreams; when they do occur they are about males.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Lack of self-confidence is an evidence of mental self-abuse.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
Lying upon the back or upon the abdomen frequently leads to self-abuse by provoking sexual excitement.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Self-abuse is practised among growing girls to such an extent as to arouse serious alarm.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Self-abuse in one or another form is as common in the case of the girl as in that of the boy.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
The children are abused and trampled on at home, and they grow up without self-respect, without shame, and without principle.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society

In poetry:

Self-murder, an' a' kin' o' murders are rife,
Wife-beatin', garottin', and usin' the knife;
Abuses in unions are proved by the books,
The tin bombs an' bullets o' Broadhead an' Crookes.
"Rhymes For The Times: III" by Janet Hamilton
One says his say with a difference
More of expounding, explaining!
All now is wrangle, abuse, and vociferance;
Now there's a truce, all's subdued, self-restraining :
Five, though, stands out all the stiffer hence.
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

Not all self-employed borrowers that used stated income loans were lying about their income, but since the program was abused it went "pop" with the bubble.
General Asserts Right On Self- Incrimination In Iraq Abuse Cases.
Self-administration of drugs of abuse often causes changes in the brain that potentiate the development or intensification of addiction.
AP Photo/Lionsgate, Quantrell Colbert Thandie Newton is a sarcastic, self-loathing bartender and Whoopi Goldberg is her abusive mother in "For Colored Girls".
General Asserts Right On Self-Incrimination In Iraq Abuse Cases.
This legacy of self-hatred and self-objectification–punctuated by disordered eating, continuous exercise and abusive fat talk–inhibits the path to personal liberation which begins with self-love .
Project Self-Sufficiency to host training to prevent child sexual abuse.
Local residents are invited to help prevent child sexual assault by joining the Enough Abuse Campaign, a joint effort of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, Project Self-Sufficiency and the Sussex Warren Partnership to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.
As a pediatrician, Dr Meg Meeker thought she had seen it all: eating disorders, sexual abuse, self-mutilation.
WikiLeaks emerged in 2007 as a self-described check on unjustified government secrecy and the abuses that can come with it, yet the organization itself is shrouded in no small amount of secrecy.
Project Self- Sufficiency to host training to prevent child sexual abuse.
And like them, he was troubled and self-destructive, an abuser of alcohol and drugs.
The psychological abuse of a child can have negative consequences for the child's mental health, future relationships and sense of self-worth.
Relief Nurseries have documented success in reducing family risk factors for child abuse and neglect, improving family functioning and self-sufficiency and reducing foster care utilization.
A young girl who found herself being bullied at school found the self-confidence to stand up to her abusers after attending a Kanawha County 4-H camp.

In science:

We will see in §5 that this isn’t always the case. 12 I think this would be an abuse of Rohrlich and Harding’s ideas, though, as they take their validity limits from the succeeding theory, and need not conclude that the self-force lies outside the theory given cumulative effects.
Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics