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[flaj-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌflædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/
the act or process of flagellating.
a masochistic or sadistic act in which the participants receive erotic stimulation from whipping or being whipped.
Origin of flagellation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin flagellātiōn-, stem of flagellātiō. See flagellate, -ion
Related forms
self-flagellation, noun Unabridged
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  • flagellation for thirty-three and a half days was held to purge from all sin.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Finally, we must behold: imprisonment by the authorities; the third degree and flagellation.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • flagellation by itself was regarded as one of the lightest of penances.

  • New pose; new start of the flagellation: finally the female opens.

  • Henri returned, which was a signal for the flagellation to recommence.

    Chicot the Jester Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • They spoke only on Sundays and festivals, and underwent a weekly flagellation.

  • It seemed to her that the flagellation of her thoughts must have left visible traces.

    Sanctuary Edith Wharton
  • It was the flagellation of these senses which excited him to do all that man may do and more.

  • As soon as I saw him I asked the reason of so cruel a flagellation.

Word Origin and History for flagellation

early 15c., "the scourging of Christ," from French flagellation or directly from Latin flagellationem (nominative flagellatio) "a scourging," from past participle stem of flagellare (see flagellum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flagellation in Medicine

flagellation flag·el·la·tion (flāj'ə-lā'shən)

  1. Whipping oneself or another as a means of arousing or heightening sexual feeling.

  2. The flagellar arrangement on an organism.

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