from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of severely criticizing oneself.
- n. The act of punishing oneself.
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- n. self-punishment inflicted by whipping
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“You don’t call self-flagellation a form of pride?”
Otherwise your unfailing commitment will only lead to self-flagellation.
Even voters who are not directly impoverished by the cuts and who know the boom was unsustainable everyone sort of knew will tolerate only so much collective self-flagellation before soothing themselves with nostalgia.
A little self-flagellation isn't going to hurt you.
A 98% on a test was not good enough, and there'd be a goodly bit of self-flagellation there.
Worse, it is linked to imperialism, having provided Europeans with the justification for their far-flung conquests in centuries past—and, these days, for endless self-flagellation.
In their modern forms, the noble Western traditions of self-assessment and self-criticism have often degraded into sentimental self-flagellation.
ÂNow, men, young and old, were participating in Zanjir Matam, self-flagellation with chains.
Now, men, young and old, were participating in Zanjir Matam, self-flagellation with chains.
All presidents are human, and taking responsibility does not mean self-flagellation.
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