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self–flagellation

noun self–flag·el·la·tion \-ˌfla-jə-ˈlā-shən\

: the act of hitting yourself with a whip as a way to punish yourself or as part of a religious ritual

Full Definition of SELF-FLAGELLATION

:  extreme criticism of oneself
self–fla·gel·late \-ˈfla-jə-ˌlāt\ verb

First Known Use of SELF-FLAGELLATION

1925

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