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English definition of “self-harm”

self-harm

verb [I] uk   /ˌselfˈhɑːm/ us    /-ˈhɑːrm/
to deliberately hurt yourself, for example by cutting yourself, because you have emotional problems or are mentally illMental and psychiatric disorders
self-harm
noun [U] uk   us  
the act of self-harmingMental and psychiatric disorders
(Definition of self-harm from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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