self-flagellation


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self-flag·el·la·tion

(sĕlf′flăj′ə-lā′shən)
n.
1. The act of severely criticizing oneself.
2. The act of punishing oneself.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-flagellation - self-punishment inflicted by whipping
self-punishment - punishment inflicted on yourself
flogging, lashing, whipping, flagellation, tanning - beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
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