Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Violence inflicted upon one's self.

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Examples

  • By the utmost self-violence, I curbed the imperious voice of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to the whole world; and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice.

    Chapter 22

  • By the utmost self-violence, I curbed the imperious voice of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to the whole world; and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice.

    Chapter 5

  • Many students overlook the fact that self-destructive behaviors such as overindulgence in alcohol or caffeine, drug abuse, and ignoring signs of fatigue are manifestations of self-violence.

    American Yoga Association Beginner’s Manual Fully Revised and Updated

  • Many students overlook the fact that self-destructive behaviors such as overindulgence in alcohol or caffeine, drug abuse, and ignoring signs of fatigue are manifestations of self-violence.

    American Yoga Association Beginner’s Manual Fully Revised and Updated

  • Once on Egret Island, Jessie finds herself ill equipped to handle her mother’s continuing erratic behavior, much less to comprehend what lies behind her enigmatic act of self-violence.

    The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd: Questions

  • Taking away his clothing, bedding, and limiting the vital things to a minimum also removes any chance of self-violence or planned violence against the guards who would have to at some point open that cell.

    The Wisconsin gulag.

  • By the utmost self-violence, I curbed the imperious voice of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to the whole world; and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • By the utmost self-violence, I curbed the imperious voice of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to the whole world; and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • By the utmost self-violence, I curbed the imperious voice of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to the whole world; and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • By the utmost self-violence I curbed the imperious voice of wretchedness, which sometimes desired to declare itself to the whole world, and my manners were calmer and more composed than they had ever been since my journey to the sea of ice.

    Frankenstein

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  • Nice to see the quote and frontispiece (click through title) from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in the examples of self-violence. Theodore von Holst's steel engraving adorns the 1831 revised edition. Wikimedia image.

    October 1, 2011