self-inflicted love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inflicted or imposed on oneself: died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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  • adj. Inflicted by oneself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inflicted by or on one's self: as, a self-inflicted punishment; self-inflicted wounds.


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  • Yet the current Palestinian leadership still insists on calling the self-inflicted wounds caused by its rejection of a two-state solution the " nakba ," meaning the catastrophe.

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  • The Democratic president explicitly blamed Republicans for the country's recent rating downgrade, saying it "could have been entirely avoided if there had been a willingness to compromise in Congress" which he later described as a "self-inflicted wound."

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  • The troubled star's sacking from the hit TV show "Two and a Half Men" Monday came after the 45-year-old hurled himself into what Warner Brothers called his "self-inflicted disintegration" over the past two weeks.

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  • "That would precipitate a self-inflicted financial crisis potentially more severe than the one from which we are now recovering."

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  • The father of their 2-year-old daughter was found in the victim's Lenox Road apartment in Flatbush alive but with an apparently self-inflicted stab wound to his chest at about 9:07 a.m., a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case said.

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  • The primary threat to America's "winning the future" may be a self-inflicted blow to its economic agility, i.e., a government-orchestrated retreat from liberal capitalism.

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  • More Bernanke: European Troubles 'as Much Political' as Economic Sen. Shelby Cautions Bernanke Against QE3 Fed Chief Open to New Options Bernanke Shifts Tone on Further Easing Not taking proper action "would be a self-inflicted wound," he said, because it would raise U.S. interest rates and increase the government's borrowing costs and the deficit.

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  • The memoir, in a way, is my poking at the scar left by this self-inflicted wound.

    Jackson Katz: Fathers, Sons and Guns: An Interview With USC Sociologist and Author Michael Messner

  • (Others were: after killing Moss, he administered a self-inflicted shot to his side to get investigators to believe his ambush story; second was the one in the shoulder right before getting shot in the hand.)

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  • After the race on Saturday evening, much of the horsey contingent heads back to Lexington or nurses wounds some self-inflicted quietly.

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