[flaj-uh-luh nt, fluh-jel-uh nt]
- a person who flagellates or scourges himself or herself for religious discipline.
- a person who derives sexual pleasure from whipping or being whipped by another person.
- (often initial capital letter) one of a medieval European sect of fanatics who practiced scourging in public.
- severely criticizing: a flagellant attack on the opposition party.
Origin of flagellant
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Examples from the Web for flagellant
"Vainglory is a sleeveless errand," murmured the spirit of the flagellant.Under the Rose
Frederic Stewart Isham
The big drummer of the Company stepped to the front; he was the flagellant.The adventures of Kimble Bent
If I was a Flagellant now, I would don hairshirt and up flail.For the Term of His Natural Life
He had given up a high position at the papal court to lead the life of a flagellant and barefooted friar.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
And with a flagellant's pleasure the patient nurses this fire of fever, till it flames up in a bright blaze.mile Verhaeren
- a person who whips himself or others either as part of a religious penance or for sexual gratification
- (often capital) (in medieval Europe) a member of a religious sect who whipped themselves in public
C16: from Latin flagellāre to whip, from flagellum
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Word Origin and History for flagellant
late 16c., from Latin flagellantem (nominative flagellans), present participle of flagellare "to scourge, lash" (see flagellum).
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