flagellation

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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.

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  • “flagellation”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 11 November 2010. Web. 21 August 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/flagellation/>