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[flaj-uh-ley-shuh n]
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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.
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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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  • Flagellation for thirty-three and a half days was held to purge from all sin.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Finally, we must behold: imprisonment by the authorities; the third degree and flagellation.


    Booth Tarkington

  • Flagellation by itself was regarded as one of the lightest of penances.

  • New pose; new start of the flagellation: finally the female opens.

  • 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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flagellation in Medicine


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