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flagellation

[flaj-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌflædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of flagellating.
2.
a masochistic or sadistic act in which the participants receive erotic stimulation from whipping or being whipped.
Origin of flagellation
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin flagellātiōn-, stem of flagellātiō. See flagellate, -ion
Related forms
self-flagellation, noun
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n.

early 15c., "the scourging of Christ," from French flagellation or directly from Latin flagellationem (nominative flagellatio) "a scourging," from past participle stem of flagellare (see flagellum).

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flagellation in Medicine

flagellation flag·el·la·tion (flāj'ə-lā'shən)
n.

  1. Whipping oneself or another as a means of arousing or heightening sexual feeling.

  2. The flagellar arrangement on an organism.

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