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English definition of “flagellate”

flagellate

verb [T]     /ˈflædʒ.ə.leɪt/ formal
to whip yourself or someone else, especially as a religious actPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishmentsReligious practices flagellation     /ˌflædʒ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/ noun [U]
(Definition of flagellate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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