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  • n. self-imposed distress


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  • We can also be protected from guilt, which is one of the worst kinds of self-torment.

    The Buddha's Five Protections - Part 1

  • News at Eleven: Samuel Johnson preserves the memorable anecdote of Pope's self-torment as a satirist who claimed to relish his enmities.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • This make perfect sense, why would you risk hell and self-torment by voting for the bad guy who will cut your taxes when you know your vote isn't likely to make a difference anyway, except it might send you to hell.

    What I Learned At the Library, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Somewhat a whodunit that is resolved early, DESPERADO CITY is more a teen character study with so much self-torment and tsuris that the amount of runaway hormones on the loose is over the top of the Catskills.

    Desperado City-Rebecca Coleman « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • Through the deserted apartments, the scene of so many bitter reflections, the unhappy youth stalked like a discontented ghost, conjuring up around him at every step new subjects for sorrow and for self-torment.

    The Monastery

  • Medieval penitents who donned coarse sackcloth undershirts chose an effective means of self-torment.


  • To encourage such fantasy was the idlest self-torment, but he had gone too far in this form of indulgence.

    New Grub Street

  • Hence, in the design to plate 9, Theotormon flagellates his body with a three-thonged whip, whose knots, as Erdman has noted, "look uncannily like the heads of the Marygold flowers" in the design to plate 3 (Illuminated 134) iconographic evidence that the natural forms inspiring multiplicitous vision in Oothoon (see 1: 6-7) can only be vehicles of self-torment for Theotormon.

    Gender, Environment, and Imperialism in William Blake's _Visions of the Daughters of Albion_

  • Remorse then seized him; he threw up his post, and buried himself in self-torment and reproach.

    The Idiot

  • They had been lonely and filled with the self-torment brought by memories of the packstead.



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