- 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
Related Words for self-flagellationretribution, penitence, repentance, contrition, remorse, atonement, forgiveness, absolution, penance, compunction, mortification, sorrow, confession, compensation, rue, penalty, suffering, purgation, attrition, ruth
Examples from the Web for self-flagellation
Contemporary Examples of self-flagellation
Watching Federer play tennis is still a religious experience, in the self-flagellation sort of way.Roger Federer’s U.S. Open Defeat Was Bad, but He’s Not Dead Yet
September 3, 2013
When Meredith finally kicks Walter out, he resorts to self-flagellation before attempting to commit suicide.Imaginary Friends in Movies
May 5, 2011
That kind of sex is drama sex, sex charged with regret and self-flagellation.How I Transformed My Boyfriend Into a Booty Call
November 8, 2008
Word Origin and History for self-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.