self–flagellation

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self–flagellation /ˌsɛlfˌflæʤəˈleɪʃən/ noun
self–flagellation
/ˌsɛlfˌflæʤəˈleɪʃən/
noun
Learner's definition of SELF–FLAGELLATION
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: the act of hitting yourself with a whip as a way to punish yourself or as part of a religious ritual often used figuratively
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