[ flaj-uh-ley-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or process of flagellating.

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

Origin of flagellation

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

Other words from flagellation

  • self-flag·el·la·tion, noun

Words Nearby flagellation

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How to use flagellation in a sentence

  • 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.

  • In the English erotic literature, it is remarkable how often and how fully the flagellation of children is described.

  • He distinguished himself by his deification of the Virgin and his devotion to flagellation.

  • 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