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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SELF-PUNISHMENTS

The suicidal impulses of our neurotics regularly prove to be self-punishments for death wishes directed against others.

I began an absurd and childish system of self-punishments, and what I thought would lead to purification.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Anglo-French punisement (late 13c.), Old French punissement, from punir (see punish). Meaning "rough handling" is from 1811.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.