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Meaning of self-mortification

self-mor•ti•fi•ca•tion

Pronunciation: (self'môr"tu-fi-kā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the inflicting of pain or privation on oneself: He was certain that self-mortification was the only road to salvation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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