self-chastisement

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self-chastisement (uncountable)

  1. The act of chastising oneself.
    • 1892, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Phase the Fourth, Chapter 28,[1]
      [] in almost a terror of ecstasy Tess divined that, despite her many months of lonely self-chastisement, wrestlings, communings, schemes to lead a future of austere isolation, love's counsel would prevail.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 8,
      Wani rarely blushed, or showed embarrassment of any kind, beyond the murmured self-chastisement with which he offered a seat to a lady or confessed his ignorance of some trivial thing.

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