self-flagellation

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

Definition of self-flagellation

: extreme criticism of oneself

self-flagellate

play \ˌself-ˈfla-jə-ˌlāt\ verb

First Known Use of self-flagellation

1925


SELF-FLAGELLATION Defined for English Language Learners

self-flagellation

noun

Definition of self-flagellation for English Language Learners

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


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