Usually by a male, from the supposition that he may be damaging his body or soul — or go blind. Also as self-gratification, self-indulgence, or self-manipulation:
    . . . two of them being pretty hopeless cases through self-abuse. (F. Richards, 1936)
    Nor would loutish self-gratification quail this imperious, feverish desire (Styron, 1976)
    Pandora says she is not going to risk being a single parent... So I shall have to fall back on self-indulgence. (Townsend, 1982)
    I have started to become obsessed by sex.
    I have fallen to self-manipulation quite a lot lately. (Townsend, 1984)
   Self-pollution and self-pleasuring are obsolete. Self-love usually refers to female masturbation, but without any implication of narcissism.

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  • Self-abuse — n. 1. The abuse of one s own self, powers, or faculties. [1913 Webster] 2. Self deception; delusion. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Masturbation; onanism; self pollution. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-abuse — c.1600, self deception, from SELF (Cf. self) + ABUSE (Cf. abuse) (n.). As a synonym for masturbation, it is recorded from 1728; an earlier term was self pollution (1620s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-abuse — self′ abuse′ n. 1) reproach or blame of oneself 2) abuse of one s health 3) masturbation • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • Self-abuse — may refer to:* Self injury * Masturbation (as a dysphemism) …   Wikipedia

  • self-abuse — self ə byüs n MASTURBATION …   Medical dictionary

  • self-abuse — [self′ə byo͞os′] n. 1. misuse of one s own abilities, talents, etc. 2. accusation, blame, or revilement of oneself 3. Archaic MASTURBATION …   English World dictionary

  • self-abuse — ► NOUN 1) behaviour which causes damage or harm to oneself. 2) euphemistic masturbation …   English terms dictionary

  • self-abuse — /self euh byoohs , self /, n. 1. reproach or blame of oneself. 2. abuse of one s health. 3. masturbation. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-abuse — self a buse n [U] masturbation used to show disapproval …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-abuse — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. self destruction, masochism, self murder; see abuse 3 , suicide …   English dictionary for students

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