Meaning of “flagellate” in the English Dictionary

"flagellate" in British English

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flagellateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈflædʒ.ə.leɪt/ us /ˈflædʒ.ə.leɪt/ formal
flagellation
noun [ U ] uk /ˌflædʒ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌflædʒ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • Patient must be kept roused by dashing cold water over him, flagellating with a wet towel, walking about, etc. In conditions of collapse, however, this treatment must not be continued, but everything should be done to preserve the strength. 

(Definition of “flagellate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)