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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.
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(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
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(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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flagellant - a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
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)
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(Rel) → Flagellant m
(form, for sexual gratification) → Flagellant m
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"These are the Beating Friars, otherwise called the Flagellants," quoth he.
Hundreds of flagellants also paraded the streets carrying wooden crosses or whipping their backs with bamboo sticks, as they head to the crucifixion site in Cutud.
More than 10,000 'mandarame' (flagellants) turn the roads of Cutud bloody as they wound and lash their back on the way to a hill in time for the death of Christ at 3 p.m.
But what was more unforgettable for me were the flagellants on the street.
It has been fifty years since African American expat writer Carlene Hatcher Polite published her first novel, Les Flagellants, in France where it met with critical acclaim.
The History of the Rod: Flagellation and the Flagellants in All Countries from the Earliest Period to the Present Time.
Predictions of the final battle have been reiterated continually: from the heresies of Montanus in 172, through the well-respected theology of Hippolytus, the millennial hysteria of the year 1000, and flagellants during the Black Death of 1348.
Christ, standing contrapposto, is tied against a pillar flanked by two flagellants; one is about to strike, the other is drawing breath between lashes.
Like Shiite Iran, Russia developed a tradition of martyr-worship in which secret sects such as Radenyie (zealots) and Khlystii (flagellants) inflicted corporal punishment on themselves in atonement for the guilt of fathers who failed to defend the "true tsar".
Calling oneself "tsar" in Russia therefore signified a claim to sacred status, and in that respect it resembled the practice of calling oneself a saint, a prophet, Christ, or the Mother of God--a phenomenon that was also found in early modern Russia, especially among sects such as the khlysty (flagellants) and skoptsy (castrates) (115-16).