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English definition of “mortification of the flesh”

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mortification of the flesh

punishment of yourself, especially by hitting your body with a whip: I don't really want to spend the weekend working, but as they say, a little mortification of the flesh is good for the soul.
Translations of “mortification of the flesh”
in Chinese (Traditional) 苦修(尤指透過鞭打自己施行自我懲罰)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 苦修(尤指通过鞭打自己身体进行自我惩罚)…
(Definition of mortification of the flesh from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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