self-flagellation

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

Definition of self-flagellation

: extreme criticism of oneself

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self-flagellate \ ˌself-​ˈfla-​jə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce self-flagellate (audio) \ verb

First Known Use of self-flagellation

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-flagellation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-flagellation. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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self-flagellation

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English Language Learners Definition of self-flagellation

: 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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