flag·​el·​la·​tion | \ ˌfla-jə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce flagellation (audio) \

Definition of flagellation

: the act or practice of flagellating especially : the practice of a flagellant

Examples of flagellation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What appeared at first like an admirable dedication to his job reveals itself as more akin to self-flagellation or self-punishment. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 Adam, who has the power of direct address to the camera, has a lot of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag in him, in that his self-flagellation and neuroses build an aura of constant tension even if his intentions are rarely malignant. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 The issues the markets have with the Fed may have less to do with an eye toward self-flagellation and more to do with a growing mistrust of the institution. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 18 May 2022 No one can blame Giuliani for engaging in a bit of self-flagellation to save her business. David Harsanyi, National Review, 16 Feb. 2022 Why did Harris decide to engage in such self-flagellation in the first instance? Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 His postgame news conference at Super Bowl LIII was a master class in self-flagellation. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Charlotte, a woman once crippled by her own politeness to the point of self-flagellation, was de-inviting Stanford from lunch. Raven Smith, Vogue, 6 Jan. 2022 There may be hard manual labor and a little self-flagellation, but sardonic laughter sometimes erupts within these walls, as do wittily barbed negotiations over money. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flagellation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Flagellation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagellation. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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flag·​el·​la·​tion | \ ˌflaj-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce flagellation (audio) \

Medical Definition of flagellation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the practice of a flagellant



Medical Definition of flagellation (Entry 2 of 2)

: the formation or arrangement of flagella

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