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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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References in classic literature ?
"These are the Beating Friars, otherwise called the Flagellants," quoth he.
Glenn Fabricante submitted the untitled photo of a bloodied flagellant. Photo was taken in Castillejos, Zambales.
Having established the pornographic ballads of The Pearl as antinostalgic, Joudrey then posits a new reading of Swinburne's flagellant ballads-one that posits the whipped boy as a figure for an emerging national community, victorious even after violence.
He listened to his sister and his breathing and allowed the quake in his legs to transmute into a kind of flagellant pleasure.
In other words, to use its influence with the Afghan Taliban and get them to agree to some kind of arrangement that the United States and the flagellant newly elected government of Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan can agree on.
He owned a nine-volume index of Bibliotheca Germanorum erotica et curiosa; and he was aroused by John Cleland's Fanny Hill, Swinburne's flagellant Whippingham Papers and The Romance of Chastisement, and Baron Corvo's pornographic letters on the homosexual underworld of Venice, with which Housman was intimately acquainted through Andrea, his acquiescent gondolier.
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.
The brotherhood's founding document of 1635 clarifies the goal of the flagellant parades, stating, "We wish to have a blood procession to make penitence for our sins, to serve God and to commemorate his Passion and death" (Von Germeten, p.
stroll by --their color flagrant their voices vagrant, their laughter wild, flagellant, dissociated from the fixed scene.