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1. The act of severely criticizing oneself.
2. The act of punishing oneself.
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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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The "de-growth" agenda that some now pursue would be economic and environmental self-flagellation.
Frowned upon by the Church, the ritual crucifixions and self-flagellation in the north of the country are extreme affirmations of faith performed every Easter in Asia's Catholic outpost.
Pablo said more men will participate in the self-flagellation tomorrow, Good Friday.
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Some of the self-flagellation is deserved, for sure.
It is to Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of Chicago-based innovative software company Basecamp, and the co-authors of It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work, who believe most modern workers are embracing stress, spiralling extra hours and self-flagellation in the pursuit of greatness in the office, instead of pursuing focused efficiency and calm across those eight-or-so hours.
The mourners observed self-flagellation at Bohar Bazaar Chowk, Fawara Chowk, Dingi Khoi and Bara Market.
Clad in black clothes, the mourners exercised self-flagellation with sharp knives mounted on chains, swords and other sharp tools.
Different parts of the provincial capital echoed with Nohas, Marsiayas and the throbbing sounds of self-flagellation in various majalis and processions.
No other racing country indulges in this self-flagellation over the whip.