self-punishment

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self-punishment (uncountable)

  1. The act of punishing oneself.
    • 1590, Philip Sidney, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, Cambridge University Press, 1912, Book 2, Chapter 25, p. 308,[1]
      [] O Jealousie (said she) the phrensie of wise folkes, the well-wishing spite, the unkinde carefulnesse, the selfe-punishment for others faults, and selfe-miserie in others happinesse, the cousin of envie, daughter of love, & mother of hate, how couldest thou so quietly get thee a seate in the unquiet hart of Gynecia, []
    • 1853, Charles Kingsley, Hypatia, Chapter 24,[2]
      How could he appease the wrath of Him who died on the cross, save by years of bitter supplication and self-punishment?

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