[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.

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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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).

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self-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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