[flaj-uh-ley-shuh n]


the act or process of flagellating.
a masochistic or sadistic act in which the participants receive erotic stimulation from whipping or being whipped.

Nearby words

  1. flagellar,
  2. flagellar antigen,
  3. flagellata,
  4. flagellate,
  5. flagellated,
  6. flagellatory,
  7. flagelliform,
  8. flagellin,
  9. flagellosis,
  10. flagellum

Origin of flagellation

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin flagellātiōn-, stem of flagellātiō. See flagellate, -ion

Related formsself-flag·el·la·tion, noun

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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).

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Medicine definitions for flagellation




Whipping oneself or another as a means of arousing or heightening sexual feeling.
The flagellar arrangement on an organism.

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