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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [flaj-uh-ley-shuh n]
    • /ˌflædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/
    • /ˈflædʒ.ə.leɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [flaj-uh-ley-shuh n]
    • /ˌflædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/

Definitions of flagellation word

  • noun flagellation the act or process of flagellating. 1
  • noun flagellation a masochistic or sadistic act in which the participants receive erotic stimulation from whipping or being whipped. 1
  • noun flagellation Flogging or beating, either as a religious discipline or for sexual gratification. 1
  • uncountable noun flagellation Flagellation is the act of beating yourself or someone else, usually as a religious punishment. 0
  • noun flagellation a whipping or flogging, esp. as a religious discipline or for sexual stimulation 0

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Origin of flagellation

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin flagellātiōn-, stem of flagellātiō. See flagellate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Flagellation


flagellation popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for flagellation

noun flagellation

  • whipping — an instrument for striking, as in driving animals or in punishing, typically consisting of a lash or other flexible part with a more rigid handle.
  • thrashing — an act or instance of thrashing; beating; blow.
  • beating — If someone is given a beating, they are hit hard many times, especially with something such as a stick.
  • caning — a beating with a cane as a punishment
  • flailing — an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar.

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