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Noun1.self-torment - self-imposed distress
distress, hurt, suffering - psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"
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He disdained to ask questions as to their proceedings, and could only guess at the meaning of their movements, and in so doing indulged in conjectures and suspicions, which produced the most whimsical self-torment.
Remorse then seized him; he threw up his post, and buried himself in self-torment and reproach.
Could I guess the unexpected arrival of yon dotard, whom some flashes of frantic valour, and the praises yielded by fools to the stupid self-torments of an ascetic, have raised for the present above his own merits, above common sense, above me, and above the hundreds of our Order, who think and feel as men free from such silly and fantastic prejudices as are the grounds of his opinions and actions?
Rachel Brand QC, defending, said Casson, now of Torquay, Devon, has suffered "52 years of self-torment and 52 years of self-loathing".
Recording under his own name for the first time, the album's title track looks back on the whole terrible period of paranoia and self-torment with disarming openness: "Who on earth did you think you were?
Meanwhile, the melancholic would neutralize the phlegmatic and the sanguine would neutralize the choleric, since the good-natured cheerfulness of the passive sanguine could not be conceived as being fused with the forbidding anger of the active choleric, any more than the pain and self-torment of the passive melancholic could be conceived as being fused with the contentment and mental self-sufficiency of the active phlegmatic.