Definitions for flagellantˈflædʒ ə lənt, fləˈdʒɛl ənt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
flag•el•lantˈflædʒ ə lənt, fləˈdʒɛl ənt(n.)
a person who flagellates himself or herself for religious discipline.
a person who derives sexual pleasure from whipping or being whipped by another person.
(adj.)pertaining to flagellation.
Origin of flagellant:
1555–65; < L
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