Definitions for flagellantˈflædʒ ə lənt, fləˈdʒɛl ənt
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a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
a person who whips himself as a religious penance
One who practices flagellating oneself, either for penance.
A member of a religious order that preaches self-mortification as a means of absolution.
Origin: From the flagellare meaning to whip
one of a fanatical sect which flourished in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries, and maintained that flagellation was of equal virtue with baptism and the sacrament; -- called also disciplinant
Origin: [L. flagellans, p. p. of flagellare: cf.F. flagellant. See Flagellate.]
Flagellants are practitioners of an extreme form of mortification of their own flesh by whipping it with various instruments.
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