flagellation

[ flaj-uh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌflædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

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

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

Related forms

self-flag·el·la·tion, noun
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flagellation

[ flăj′ə-lāshən ]

n.

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

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