Definition of self-flagellation in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɛlffladʒəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of flogging oneself, especially as a form of religious discipline.
Example sentences
  • 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: stirring accounts of our heroic history have given way to an era of self-flagellation
More example sentences
  • 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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