Origin of flagellation
Examples from the Web for 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|Sujay Kumar|September 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When Meredith finally kicks Walter out, he resorts to self-flagellation before attempting to commit suicide.
That kind of sex is drama sex, sex charged with regret and self-flagellation.
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).