• WordNet 3.6
    • n flagellation beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
    • n flagellation beating as a source of erotic or religious stimulation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flagellation A beating or flogging; a whipping; a scourging.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. flagellatio,: cf. F. flagellation,


In literature:

KADRIS, a set of Mohammedan dervishes who lacerate themselves with scourges, like the Flagellants.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Now she waited, flagellating her sensitive pride.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
There is, by no means, any necessary connection between flagellation and the sexual emotions.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
It is of interest to point out that the sexual symbolism of active flagellation is very closely analogous to this symbolism of exhibitionism.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Indeed at every road you must pay in tears, or pay in genuflexions, or pay in flagellations.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
The officer who inflicts flagellation on a criminal must smite with one hand only, but yet with all his force.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
The day for fanatics and dippy, dotty flagellants is past.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
Substituting flagellation for reciting penitential psalms was advocated by the reformers.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The sentence of the court was carried out by a scourger, sometimes called flagellator, or flogger.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
The strangest of the new communities, the Flagellants, made its appearance in England immediately after the pestilence.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout

In poetry:

By Thy Flagellation,
Flesh immaculate—
By Thine endless glory,
Manhood consummate—
"Pro Castitate" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
And Christian flagellants their backs
All naked to the scourge have given;
And martyrs to their stakes and racks
Have gone, of choice, in hope of heaven;—
"The Chain" by John Pierpont
Their scourges--iron-pointed, leathern thongs,
Mark how they lash themselves--the strict Flagellants.
The Brothers of the Cross--hark to their cries!
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
The cruel pestilence arrives,
Cuts off a myriad human lives.
See the Flagellants' naked skin!
They scourge themselves for grievous sin.
Trembles the earth beneath God's breath,
The Jews shall all be burned to death.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
The imprisond soul, the tortured limb,
Are now at last set free by Him.
Each king their fellow king supplied
With thongs to scourge ye: but your wrongs
Reacht highest heaven; Angelic tongues
Shouted when Earth's Flagellant died.
"On The Descent Into Hell Of Ezzelino Di Napoli" by Walter Savage Landor

In news:

I used to be in the elections business, have covered these quadrennial self-flagellations since George McGovern came to town.
I watch it because I'm into self flagellation .
The AP reports that a new book authored by the postulator for the cause of John Paul II's sainthood invokes the late pope's practice of self- flagellation as evidence of his pursuit of Christian perfection.
Bright Eyes' Self- Flagellation Sounds Great on Lifted.
Veterans Day forms the perfect background for the self-flagellation I am about to undertake in full view of whoever passes by.
The AP reports that a new book authored by the postulator for the cause of John Paul II's sainthood invokes the late pope's practice of self-flagellation as evidence of his pursuit of Christian perfection.
Diameter Oscillation of Axonemes in Sea-Urchin Sperm Flagell.
Bright Eyes' Self-Flagellation Sounds Great on Lifted.
Greek Shi'ites mark Ashura with fierce flagellation.
Hannah Flagel and Drew Werner, both of Lake Odessa , have announced their engagement.
And Mrs David Flagel of Lake Odessa .
Flagel, 93, Sauk Rapids, Minn. Died Saturday, Oct 27, 2012, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home Sauk Rapids.
This is going to be another week of extravagant RGIII praise, which is more fun than anguished Jim Haslett flagellation, all in all.
Chris Brown is either going through an insane period of self-flagellation, or this is the worst September's Fools Day prank ever.

In science:

Flagellated bacteria, the best studied of which is E.coli, have two different modes of motile behavior that are determined by the rotation of their flagella.
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal