- 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
Examples from the Web for flagellation
When you've had your worst week of the campaign, to submit yourself to two or three more days of flagellation?You Know You've Had a Bad Week When...
September 21, 2012
Flagellation for thirty-three and a half days was held to purge from all sin.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Finally, we must behold: imprisonment by the authorities; the third degree and flagellation.Penrod
Flagellation by itself was regarded as one of the lightest of penances.Medival Heresy and the Inquisition
A. S. Turberville
New pose; new start of the flagellation: finally the female opens.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
Henri returned, which was a signal for the flagellation to recommence.Chicot the Jester
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
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).
- Whipping oneself or another as a means of arousing or heightening sexual feeling.
- The flagellar arrangement on an organism.