Why was clemency trending last week?
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).
flagellation flag·el·la·tion (flāj'ə-lā'shən)
Whipping oneself or another as a means of arousing or heightening sexual feeling.
The flagellar arrangement on an organism.