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Slang term, sometimes degrading, for someone who voluntarily mutilates themselves through slicing, scratching, burning, slapping, biting, etc, because of extreme emotional distress.
Usually they have a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety.
They do NOT want attention or pity. It is a way to vent. It is impossible to fully understand until you start it yourself. There are people of all ages and all cliques and all of everything that injure themselves. It has nothing to do with being "emo" or "goth." It has nothing to do with trying to look "depressed" and it has nothing to do with attention.
Self-injury is addicting. Self-injury is a mode of relief. It's been proven people suffering from mental illnesses are less likely to commit suicide if they injure themselves.
Self-injury is a serious issue that should be delt with seriously. If you can't respect someone just because they injure themselves, you just need to pull your head out of your ass. Please, please, please be understanding and compassionate. It's a sensitive thing. If someone tells you they injure themselves PLEASE be very understanding and just...be there for them. Don't demand them to stop, don't tell them they're stupid, don't ignore them or ditch them, that will make everything worse.
I have been scratching myself for as long as I can remember. I have social anxiety disorder/avoidant personality and clinical depression. I can't look people in the eye. I go mute when someone waves and says hello. I can't stand crowds. When I'm around people my mind goes blank or it rushes with scarring thoughts. I feel nauseous. Dizzy. Lightheaded. I tremble. I cry. I feel cold and hot and virtigo and everything seems so loud and bright and I scream in my head for it all to stop. I feel like I'm dying and going insane at the same time, slowly and painfully. I get panic attacks. There is no way I can stand this. I scratch at my face, my uglyugly acne on my forehead and back. And then I scratch my theighs. There is no route for help, and I've searched. There is no one I can talk to who would understand. I dissect everything I do, no matter how silly it is, I can't let anything go. And I hate myself. I hate my anxiety. And the hard part is, is that it is a personality disorder. It's part of who I AM. I don't just have social anxiety, I AM social anxiety. It hurts. It won't stop or go away. The part of me that can't be changed. I've always been like this. When I was two I refused to talk for two years. In kindergarten I was so unused to social situations, I cried over anything and everything, it scarred me for life. I couldn't help it. I was pathetic. I still am. So I injured myself long before I even knew it was all abnormal. And when I did know it was too late, I was too addicted, I...I'm not really a cutter, but I do injure myself.
by screenaging September 13, 2007
 
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No, we are not "attention seeking" or "trying to kill ourselves" It's a way out of all our pain. All of you who judge us, you don't know anything about our lives or who the hell we are. Do you? I believe that is a big fat, NO. Do not start telling us we're attention seeking, If we were why would be shy away if you spot them, why do we wear long sleeves? Why the chunky wrist bands and bracelets? It's not a cry for attention, but a release from all you judge mental little idiots.

What the hell gives you the right too do that? You have no idea what you're talking about, come back to me when you've cut up half your body and been through everything we've been through.
Judge mental idiots- You're such an attention seeker, Kill yourself and get it done with.

cutters- I don't cut too die, I cut for control, a release.
by unic0rnpukee December 04, 2011
 
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A neutral word used to name a person. It was created for the "PlaneScape" campaign setting (DnD). It's used in the planar city of Sigil.
Merchant: Oi, cutter, over here! We got the best goods around!
by Versipellis May 24, 2009
 
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a cutter is a slang term for someone who for whatever reason self-harms. this is in NO WAY to be confused with the recent teeny-bopper craze of being emo where children dress in black and bright colours and claim to be "misunderstood" and cut because MCR have sung about it. i am being generic ofcourse, im sure some emo children have problems.

the reson behind this cutting, can stem from anything from stress, to full blown clinical depression, and often is caused by some traumatic event in the person life. whatever the cause or the reason it is equally serious. cutting is a form of relife, whether to take your anger out on yourself or because you feel worthless and are unhappy with your life, or even just because you are so frustrated you don't know what else you can do. it is a coping strategy, it is therefore almost the opposite to suicide where a person is giving up on life, cutting is perseverence.

cutters are often branded attention seekers. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. i can say from my own personal experience, when you bear the scars of cutting, the last thing you want is anyone to pay attention to them. i spent some of the hottest days of summer in long sleeves until i almost passed out, was forced to remove my jumper and had school friends commenting on my cuts, from then on i preceeded to cut on my stomache.

the best thing you can do to help someone you think might be cutting is to avoid talking about their cuts but constantly reassure them that you care about them and offer them a shoulder to cry on. but don't feel you have to share their burden.
how a cutter feels (based on personal memories): i have a mountain of coursework due in on monday and my parents are in the middle of a divorce and i have no self confidence causing me to be paranoid about what people are saying about me and i am disgusted with my apperance - the pressure and emotion of all of this is building up in my chest i can feel it physically hurting, its hard to breath - wheres my razor? - there, run it over my skin a few times, it cuts like a knife through butter - relife, i can breath again.
by magic. August 21, 2008
 
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One who slashes or scratches parts of there body (typically arms, or inner thighs) usually due to depression, self hatred, or in the worst case, an image. It is a serious problem, and it angers me to see people doing it because they think its cool or want to have some emo image. They need better ways to get attention, and are making it difficult to see the difference between a person with problems, or an attention seeker. People get picked on and bullied and called names, because of those attention seeking twats who think they're cool, because nobody can tell if a person is actually depressed or putting on an act. THANKS A LOT EMO POSERS! A common thing someone does when they want to get noticed, is they dont cover it up, or force it in peoples faces. If you see one of these people, tell them to get a life and stop fucking around. If someone does put a genuine effort in to cover cuts up, they probably have a real problem, and shouldn't be picked on.

And for fuck sake, PLEASE resist from becoming and emo poser, JUST BE YOURSELF!
Emo Cutter Poser: Hey, look at what i did last night, pretty deep huh? (shows cuts on arms)
Stranger that doesnt care: Look dude, you shouldnt do that shit, and if you do, don't shove it in my face, i dont care about you and your stupid emo charade.
Emo Cutter Poser: You just don't appreciate my pain. Its people like you who make us emo
Stranger who doesnt care: DUDE! You dont even know what you're talking about! UGH *walks off*
Emo Cutter Poser: I am so DEEP. So sick of those shallows fools.
by MetalheadRosie June 18, 2008
 
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Someone who feels so worthless and low that cutting the only way for release. They are not trying to kill themselves. They're trying to live life without killing themselves. A boy or girl can cut. Age,gender,social class, or anything like that, doesn't matter. Anyone could be a cutter. It's a serious mental health illness, and should be treated as such. Cutters, and all self harmers, have been through a lot to be that depressed to have to hurt themselves to feel anything, so respect them. They're some of the strongest people you'll ever meet.
Bully: you're a stupid cutter just kill yourself already you're worthless and you take up too much space, lose some weight fatty.

ann: *goes home and cuts*
by angelx14 December 01, 2011
 
41.
In the book/movie A clockwork orange, referring to an unknown amount of money
Jim: Heya phil, how much Cutter do you think is in that wallet?
by Kikral September 30, 2007
 
42.
a person who purposely inflicts physical injury on themself, usually by slicing the inner arms with a razor or other sharp object, such as glass, kitchen knives, etc.
burning and other harmful acts also fall under the category of self mutilation or self harm.
it affects women more than men, but when a man is a self mutilator, the injuries they inflict upon themselves are significantly more severe than the injuries of women(however, this is not always the case).
Female Cutter: slices of varying depth and length along the inner forearms; burns from a cigarette tip.
Male Cutter: razorblade completely imbedded in the skin, cuts that go down to the bone or into the muscle tissue; burns that cover large areas of body(an entire arm or most of the back)
by thevolk December 30, 2006