- 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
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.