noun, plural Khlys·ty [kli-stee] /klɪˈsti/, Khlysts.
  1. a member of a rigorously ascetic Russian sect originating in the 17th century and believing that each successive leader of the sect was an incarnation of Christ.

Origin of Khlyst

1855–60; < Russian: literally, whip Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018