self-flagellation


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self-flagellation

(sĕlf′flăj′ə-lā′shən)
n.
1. The act of severely criticizing oneself.
2. The act of punishing oneself.
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They chanted for Imam Hussein as they continued their self-flagellation.
Instead of self-flagellation and the tokenisms that you seem to enjoy, like celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day by visiting parents in old age homes and giving them gifts, we stay with our parents if we are in the same town and they are as much a part of our lives as we are of them.
When will our leader wake up to the fact that his personal suffering and self-flagellation means absolutely nothing unless it is accompanied by real leadership?
It crossed my mind that this brutal self-flagellation is itself born of the same desire for purification, of one kind or another, that gave impetus to National Socialism.
His statement about the issue was a case of involuntary self-flagellation.
While we are at it, instead of indulging in meaningless public self-flagellation, Clr Khan and his colleagues could also take a pay cut.
The six track debut mini-album opens with the David Fordand sounding self-flagellation of A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, which is as morose and beautiful as the title suggests.
And with an international break upon us, a defeat at Upton Park would have led to a fortnight of unimaginable suffering and self-flagellation among Evertonians.
Some descendants of these New Christians in this region formed Catholic brotherhoods or Penitentes, who still engage in out- dated rituals including self-flagellation.
For any Labour party member to exert even the merest whiff of confidence is to risk being accused of losing touch with reality but indulge in the self-flagellation option and the election is already lost.
Swarming crowds in Karbala on Tuesday joined sombre processions in which men and even some boys, accompanied by drummers, beat their chests and engaged in the devotional self-flagellation that characterises the Ashura rituals.
As this piece is being written, America's quadrennial self-flagellation over choosing a new president is underway, and by the time it arrives in your mailbox, a new president will have been elected.