Punishment or voluntary penance administered by means of a whip, rod, or stick; mentioned in both Old and New Testaments. In the fifth and succeeding centuries it was employed as a sanction in monastic discipline, and in the 13th century canon law recognized it as a punishment for ecclesiastics. Abuse of the practise of self-flagellation gave rise to the sect known as Flagellants.

MLA Citation

  • “flagellation”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2010. Web. 25 November 2020. <http://catholicsaints.info/flagellation/>