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Someone taking control of their pain, stress, depression or anger by making it physical. Someone who probably doesn't need any more ridicule at this point in their life. Before the modern world it was accepted and highly revered in the form of self-flogging and cutting. Self-injury was a way to outwardly show someone that you've sinned and you're repenting. Whole religions were founded on it. Most cutters are deeply emotional people with very large loving hearts, and when they feel like they've done something to harm themselves or someone they care about emotionally they feel deeply guilty whether they realize in that moment or not. Cutting is an act of repentance by someone who loves completely and can't understand why everyone else doesn't. Cutters have clarity. And when they personally figure out that everyone makes mistakes or that it isn't their fault that life is this way they will gain the knowledge of life and be able to touch everyone they ever meet. Cutters have old souls in a young world.
Sally used to be a cutter, but now she spends her life helping young women with no place else to go.
by Julia Bogart March 27, 2008
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Someone who cuts themselves, for various reasons.
Non cutter I know- wears MCR tee and shredded skinny jeans, has dyed black emo fringe.... regular life.... doesnt need to cut, and doesnt

Cutter I know- Honors student, dresses normally, apparrantly "perfect" life, abused by mom and was molested....cuts her hips where it doesn't show even in a bathing suit. Trying to stop, but can't.

other cutter I know- cuts obviously on wrists, wears black clothes, writes terrible poetry. shows off cuts.... actually has a pretty good life

The first two are respectable, even though the second needs help.... the third is swine
by BunnyLake November 04, 2009
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Cutting is a way of releasing anger, sadness, or other feelings by inflicting pain on oneself. A cutter usually will slash at their arms, wrists, stomachs, and other body parts in an effort to draw blood. Sometimes, cutters will attack parts of their body they dislike (i cut my face several times). Contrary to common belief, a cutter is not always emo/goth. I used to be a cutter myself until a few months ago, and I am not in any way emo or goth. I listen to rap and play sports all year (emos listen to rock/metal and skate). A cutter will usually try to hide their scars with long sleeved clothing and cover-up, but this is not always effective. Cutters are not always suicidal, this is often a misconception. Sometimes normal people will cut as a result of the death of a friend or a breakup, but this is uncommon.
If you know any cutters, try to talk to them about how they feel, you could save a life.
by i a n g July 14, 2008
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used in the movie "A Clockwork Orange"
Homeless Person: "can you spare some cutter, me brothers?"
by warezscene May 08, 2009
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a person who harms themselves to relieve emotional pein.
i started cutting when i was 13. i unscrewed the blade from my pearer and swiped it across my wrists i am a goth so i guess i fit that stereotype. i dont do it any more but am left with physicall and emotional scars. if u cut or a friend does tell someone. do not scorn cutters do not laugh at them it hurts.
by i like the pain July 10, 2006
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for some reason, self-injury has become associated with "emo's", which makes no sence at all as emo is quite a new thing, but people have been cutting for way longer than the trend has been about.
cutting is often a sighn of deeper mental problems. some people cut for attention, and people tend to look down on these people, but in my opinion, if they are realy willing to cut themselves to get attention, then i think they deserve it, but people who cut themselves to try and fit in with the "emo" trend just annoy me.
people who dont cut for attention try to cover it up as best they can, which if really dificult, especialy in summer. cutting helps relieve emotional pain, many cutters cannot explain why they cut, but it just...makes them feel beter.
NOT ALL CUTTERS WANT TO DIE. and that may be hard for you to understand, but it is true.
yes, i am a cutter. but i walk around in jeans, a t-shirt and a hoody. no one knows except one or two of my freinds, they dont talk about it. so dont even think about saying that all cutters cut for attention.
by s9uit December 23, 2007
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Cutters are often very misunderstood. They are not trying to commit suicide, which is a popular belief, they're trying to save themselves. They know there might be something out there worth living for. These people have so much depression or anger that they take it out on themselves. Whether they can't share their emotions or don't have anyone to listen to them. It's kept a secret and true cutters never or rarely show their cuts. Sometimes they're embarrassed by what they do because they just want to be happy and don't want people to think there is something wrong with them. Cutting can happen anywhere on the body and by anything... knife, razor, etc. It doesn't contain itself to one group of people, another popular belief is that only emo kids do it. Cutters are everywhere and they're not always the quiet emo kids.
A fad that has come around is fake cutters. They usually make little scratch marks on their arms and then pull their sleeves up as often as possible to make people feel sorry for them. These are troubled people too because they starve for attention and distract from the seriousness of cutting.
Cutters need a lot of help, they need therapy, otherwise they'll end up tearing up there whole body. Most non-cutters can't relate to cutters because they haven't felt the pain they have. These people often become cold, belittle cutters, and are too arrogant to be able to relate. Instead they form stereotypes about them.
I know all of this about cutters because I am a recovering cutter. It's extremely difficult to get past, I have scars all over, but I desperatly wanted to be able to walk around with out being covered head to toe. Someday, I hope my scars will disappear and it's so hard to fall back into too. I don't expect people to always understand, but I just wish the stereotypes would go away. I wish any cutter luck and to hopefully find a way to get better.
by MaryOfNazareth May 29, 2005
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