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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-torment self-imposed distress
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The torment of precautions often exceeds often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.”


In literature:

The fervour is universal; the tumult of intellectual man, self-tormented with unfathomable questions, is contagious everywhere.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
I would not be tormented with the other self which is me, now?
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
She would only have had a needless fright, to see her mother, haggard with self-torment, by her bedside at that hour.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Such vigils must I keep, so wakes my soul, Restless and self-tormented!
"Jane Shore" by Nicholas Rowe
I torment myself with a thousand self-accusations.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
The poor fellow was in agonies of self-torment at the thought.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
Much of his life-trouble was mere self-torment.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
You make yourself so unhappy, poor child, with all this self-torment.
"Consequences" by E. M. Delafield
In the tormenting self-accusations in which she so often indulged in her solitude, she seemed to have a crime to expiate.
"The Eichhofs" by Moritz von Reichenbach
Does the self-tormenting fakir act from this motive?
"The Secret Glory" by Arthur Machen
I am astonished that her heart can endure this variety of self-inflicted torments.
"Leonora" by Maria Edgeworth
He now must wander in self-torment, seeking and finding not.
"Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science" by Hudson Tuttle
The capacity for self-torment was no longer his.
"The Ruby Sword" by Bertram Mitford
Now self-tormenting, I pursued the mournful occupation I had followed in my lifetime.
"Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)" by Thomas Carlyle
She has much of your absurd sensitiveness; self-torment is one of her vices.
"Cape of Storms" by Percival Pollard
Accompanied by Fred Cornwall, Phoebe went to him, and begged him not to torment himself with self-reproach.
"Miser Farebrother (vol 3 of 3)" by Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
To cap the climax, B took a malicious pleasure in tormenting her other self in many ways.
"Adventurings in the Psychical" by H. Addington Bruce
Then the old doubt came back, and he spent a night of strange self-questioning and much useless moral torment.
"Pietro Ghisleri" by F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
After all, I was very foolish to torment myself when I had no reason for self-reproach.
"Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
And his was the eternal torment of self, which flies though no man pursueth.
"A Son of Perdition" by Fergus Hume

In poetry:

"Who called ye to self-torment,
To fast and penance vain?
Dream ye Eternal Goodness
Has joy in mortal pain?
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Heap on,-- heap on, fresh torments add,--
New schemes of torture plan,
No Mercy! Mercy's self is glad
To damn the cruel man.
"Cruelty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Between all my torments between death and self
Between my despair and the reason for living
There is injustice and this evil of men
That I cannot accept there is my anger
"Talking Of Power And Love " by Paul Eluard