Definition of self-flagellation in English:

self-flagellation

Syllabification: self-flag·el·la·tion

noun

  • 1The action of flogging oneself, especially as a form of religious discipline.
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    • Some Opus Dei practices, like self-flagellation, had been imported from monastic practice.
    • Asceticism and self-flagellation mortified the flesh.
    • During Holy Week they engaged in self-flagellation and conducted mock crucifixions.
  • 1.1Excessive criticism of oneself.
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    • That kind of thing sends head teachers into a state of massive self-flagellation, though, so you have to pitch it right.
    • While such realizations have left me listless and leaning towards self-flagellation for the past couple of years, I have managed this week to revive my spirit.

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