Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Violence inflicted upon one's self.

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Examples

  • 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

  • Only by self-violence could she keep her glance from rising, tell-tale, to the boards above.

    The Girl of the Golden West

  • "Surely," said he, "my unconquered friend will not now be forced to self-violence?"

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • Her agonies, her yells, and her attempts at self-violence, were now so dreadful, that Bruce, raising her bleeding from the hearth on which she had furiously dashed her head, put her into the arms of the men who attended her, and then, with an awful sense of Divine retribution, left the apartment.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • He commanded as a man who had exercised an inexorable will over himself — as one who had practised lifelong discipline: Wagner was, perhaps, the greatest example of self-violence in the whole of the history of art

    The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms.

  • The poor fellow did afterwards almost as much self-violence without intending it, dying of fever caught in night-wanderings through Liverpool half-clothed amid storms of rain.

    The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete

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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