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Does Onaat Devarim apply to yourself?

If it's an Aveirah to hurt a fellow Jew's feelings, is it likewise an Aveirah to hurt your own feelings? (e.g. via self-deprecation?)
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Is it loshon hora on a director to say that a movie is bad?

This question may sound strange, but I thought I read that midrabannan it is forbidden to speak loshon hora about gentiles. And I thought that maybe it would be loshon hora on a director, even if it ...
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Is saying Shutup to a fellow Jew a sin?

If someone says something to offend you, can you just reply with a “Shutup!”, or will this be considered as hurting one’s feelings? This is a serious question. If it is a sin how else can you let ...
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May I tell someone that I've figured out his online screen name?

Without publicly revealing his identity, would merely telling someone that he "outed himself" constitute אונאת דברים?
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Ona'as Devarim Paradox

Is Ona'as Devarim considered a subset of damage? On the one hand: you can't be forced to pay for it. As discussed in this answer: R' Meir of Rottenburg holds that O'naas Devarim (the sin of hurting ...
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Are "clickbait" links permissible?

Wikipedia defines "clickbait" as follows: Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or ...
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Scaring someone to teach them a lesson

Scaring or startling someone is generally a violation of Onaas Devarim. Is it permitted in order to teach someone a lesson? For example, if someone is crossing a street while texting, can you honk at ...
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Is it forbidden to embarrass a non-Jew?

The prohibition to embarrass another and its sources are discussed here and at more length here, with the stipulation that the mitzvah--and related issues of onaat devarim--apply to men and women in ...
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Are you responsible for your client's/customer's representations of your contract?

A business has a Government contract where the Government pays for all lease expenses. This business wants to enter into a contract with a software developer to develop software, but to structure the ...
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Is it permitted to listen to Prank phone calls

Prank phone calls very often transgress the prohibiton of "gneivat daat" misrepresenting and Onaat Devarim causing anguish (Mishpatei Hashalom page 89). Is it permitted as a listener to derive benefit ...
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Is scaring someone allowed?

Is scaring or startling someone for no reason allowed? What if there is a reason, such as helping them get rid of the hiccups? By scaring I am referring to causing someone to be afraid, such as by ...
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Downvoting someone you don't know

Onaat devarim is a biblical prohibition to commit verbal abuse (Bava Metzia 58b based on Vayikra 25:17 "וְלֹא תוֹנוּ אִישׁ אֶת עֲמִיתוֹ וְיָרֵאתָ מֵאֱלֹקיךָ כִּי אֲנִי ה' אֱלֹקיכֶם", "one shall not ...
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