self-accusation


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self-ac·cu·sa·tion

(self'ak'yū-zā'shŭn),
A common psychiatric symptom, encountered most characteristically in agitated depression.
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At the moment of his greatest anguish and guilt, the poet's self-accusation is suspended as his attention is distracted again by a robin that flew through the white silence, unconfused and without fear:
In this way, her self-accusation of hypocrisy functions subversively, even insidiously, as proof of her own sincerity.
Melancholia, according to Freud, shares some features with mourning, but can be distinguished from the latter by the insistent self-accusations made by the person suffering.
It is in such details that the author portrays most successfully the culture of self-accusation and introspection 'enjoyed' by Elizabethan pietists.
The poem at issue, "The Mirror of the Sinful Soul," is an outpouring (over 1400 lines) of self-accusation and self-abasement, recalling Paul and Augustine in its theological stance.
Again, Landon's "Life of Life" hints at bitter self-accusations ("I borrow others' likeness, till / Almost I lose my own"), and Matoff writes appreciatively that it "sounds like a cry from the heart.
Their conflicted, ambivalent communication, dishonest and concealing metaphoric evasions on part of the father and straight but with rambling self-accusations on the part of the son, end when clarity is brought by the morning return of the daughter-in-law who has made up her mind to leave both of them.
Thus Hamlet's slanderous accusations lead to other characters' (Claudius's and Gertrude's) legitimate self-accusations, a process that bears out an ancient association between slander and accusations.