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 (flăj′ə-lənt, flə-jĕl′ənt)
1. One who whips, especially one who scourges oneself for religious discipline or public penance.
2. One who seeks sexual gratification in beating or being beaten by another person.

[Latin flagellāns, flagellant-, from present participle of flagellāre, to whip; see flagellate.]

flag′el·lant adj.
flag′el·lant·ism n.


(ˈflædʒɪlənt; fləˈdʒɛlənt) or


1. a person who whips himself or others either as part of a religious penance or for sexual gratification
2. (Historical Terms) (often capital) (in medieval Europe) a member of a religious sect who whipped themselves in public
[C16: from Latin flagellāre to whip, from flagellum]
ˈflagellantˌism n


(ˈflædʒ ə lənt, fləˈdʒɛl ənt)

1. a person who flagellates himself or herself for religious discipline.
2. a person who derives sexual pleasure from whipping or being whipped by another person.
3. pertaining to flagellation.
4. severely criticizing.
[1555–65; < Latin]
flag′el•lant•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flagellant - a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
masochist - someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
2.flagellant - a person who whips himself as a religious penance
penitent - (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)


(Rel) → Flagellant m
(form, for sexual gratification) → Flagellant m
References in classic literature ?
These are the Beating Friars, otherwise called the Flagellants," quoth he.
Flagellant groups in Italy, French and German territories and the Low Countries, Brethren of the Free Spirit and the Lollards in England all shared a belief in the imminent end of the world.
Actually, they came along at a time when MTV desperately needed to change its positioning--from cloying paternalist to winking flagellant.
While stressing continuities, he also delineates the two broad shifts in religious and charitable organization that occurred after the mid-fourteenth century, from laudesi to flagellant confraternities, and from omnibus charitable institutions to specialized hospitals.
punk combo's songs is easy to miss, because the thrash 'n' burn sound and Mike Ness' flagellant vocals--he might as well have "Born to Lose" tattooed on the insider of his throat--are so utterly generic.
The proceedings from the two Perugia/Assisi conferences on the flagellant movement have already been mentioned.
In a sixteenth-century mural from Huejotzingo, Puebla members of a flagellant procession display the veil and instruments of the passion as reminders of Christ's tremendous sacrifice.
How much further than the mere distances of time seemed to separate the old man, taking his daily walk across Wimbledon Common and peering affectionately into the pink baby faces in the prams, from the nerve-jerked young pursuer of the pinkly naked Mazeppa - Adah Isaacs Menken - the self-poisoning alcoholic, and the submissive, brothel-hopping flagellant, who had been rescued into the safe dullness of longevity by fussy-bossy Theodore Watts-Dunton.
Le saint penitent est represente nu, se flagellant (11) dans un cadre desertique dont les contours se trouvent de plus en plus stereotypes, (12) et le "theme de saint Jerome au desert, theme quasi inexistant avant le XVe, qui met en scene un personnage seul, lisant ou meditant dans un paysage sombre et tourmente, connait une tres grande fortune dans la peinture du XVIe siecle" (Lapostolle 61).
They both bore it as though in deliberate flagellant exaltation of physical misery transmogrified into the spirits' travail of the two young men during that time fifty years ago" (275).
The next two installments, Hope (about Teresa's sister, a flagellant on a religious pilgrimage), and Faith (about Teresa's daughter, an overweight teenager at a diet camp), have been completed and will make their debuts at film festivals this fall.
stroll by --their color flagrant their voices vagrant, their laughter wild, flagellant, dissociated from the fixed scene.