• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-mortification voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
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In literature:

Have the students self-poise enough to refrain from these festive expenses without suffering mortification?
"Gala-days" by Gail Hamilton
The thing had to be represented as in some fashion or other an act of self-denial, a form of mortification of the flesh.
"Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich" by Stephen Leacock
Had she by her self-mortification done aught to pleasure those dear ones who slept their last sleep?
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
The mortification of your flesh, of your old self!
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
From hence they derive the virtue of resolution, the merit of self-denial, and the excellence of mortification.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
It is another evidence of the necessity for defining what one means by "self-mortification" and "self-extinction.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
This seemed to have been imbued in her by one of the nuns who was very holy and practiced self-mortification.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
The individual who passes his life in self-mortification is not apt to improve under that regime.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
Every feeling was of self-rebuke and mortification.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
Mortification mingled with self-ridicule was uppermost.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
Then his disciples abandoned him, for at that time self-mortification was regarded as the only path to salvation.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
He is all for self-mortification, poor simple soul.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
It exhibited little of the appearance of a life of penance and self-mortification.
"Mexico and its Religion" by Robert A. Wilson
In person he was erect and well proportioned; in temper forgiving; in self-mortification severe.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
And then as to the point that Christ enforced upon men a fierce ideal of mortification and self-denial, Hugh could see no trace of it.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Prayer and self-mortification were the pleasures of his youth.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Sometimes vows of self-mortification are taken in anticipation of relief.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
The Jains lay great stress upon ascetic exercises and self-mortification which the Buddhists declare to be injurious.
"The Gospel of Buddha" by Paul Carus
This, by day and by night, she cried to herself, in her agony of self-mortification.
"Istar of Babylon" by Margaret Horton Potter
They never complain, they are eager for self-mortification.
"The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2" by Edward Tyas Cook