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.

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).


  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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