Definition of flagellation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flagellation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌflædʒəˈleɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌflædʒəˈleɪʃn//
 
[uncountable](formal)
 
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the practice of whipping yourself or somebody else, especially as a religious punishment or as a way of experiencing sexual pleasure