self–flagellation

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

Definition of self–flagellation

  1. :  extreme criticism of oneself

self–flagellate

play \-ˈfla-jə-ˌlāt\ verb

1925

First Known Use of self–flagellation

1925


SELF–FLAGELLATION Defined for English Language Learners

self–flagellation

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

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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