the act or process of flagellating.
a masochistic or sadistic act in which the participants receive erotic stimulation from whipping or being whipped.
- self-flag·el·la·tion, noun
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How to use flagellation in a sentence
Watching Federer play tennis is still a religious experience, in the self-flagellation sort of way.Roger Federer’s U.S. Open Defeat Was Bad, but He’s Not Dead Yet | Sujay Kumar | September 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
When you've had your worst week of the campaign, to submit yourself to two or three more days of flagellation?
In other words, this is how apologies should happen—with some level of genuine-seeming self-flagellation.Hey Daniel Tosh—No One Believes Your Lame Twitter Apology | Jesse Singal | July 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
When Meredith finally kicks Walter out, he resorts to self-flagellation before attempting to commit suicide.
Seeing it gave me the same feeling of unease and repulsion I had whenever witnessing self-flagellation.
Take him in repose, and he looked a lank ascetic who dreamed of a happy land where flagellation was a joy and pain a panacea.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
In the English erotic literature, it is remarkable how often and how fully the flagellation of children is described.The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
He distinguished himself by his deification of the Virgin and his devotion to flagellation.Curiosities of Christian History | Croake James
Can flagellation, fasting, Nor fervent prayer itself, not cleanse my soul From its fond doting on her comeliness?The Scarlet Stigma | James Edgar Smith
If they happen to meet with a ne plus ultra, abuse them, and send them back; if they grumble, flagellation is necessary.The Academy Keeper | Anonymous