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ˈflædʒ ə lənt, fləˈdʒɛl əntflag·el·lant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flagellantnoun

    a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification

  2. flagellantnoun

    a person who whips himself as a religious penance


  1. flagellantnoun

    One who practices flagellating oneself, either for penance.

  2. flagellantnoun

    A member of a religious order that preaches self-mortification as a means of absolution.

  3. Etymology: From the flagellare meaning to whip


  1. Flagellant

    Flagellants are practitioners of a form of mortification of the flesh by whipping their skin with various instruments of penance. Many Christian confraternities of penitents have flagellants, who beat themselves, both in the privacy of their dwellings and in public processions, in order to repent of sins and share in the Passion of Jesus.In the 14th century, a movement within Western Christianity known as Flagellantism became popular and adherents "began beating their flesh in a public penitential ritual in response to war, famine, plague and fear engendered by millenarianism." Though this movement withered away, the practices of public repentance and promoting peace were adopted by the flagellants in Christian, especially Roman Catholic, confraternities of penitents that exist to the present-day.


  1. flagellant

    A flagellant is a person who practices self-flagellation, or rigorously whipping oneself, as a form of religious discipline or penance. This practice was particularly prevalent in some Christian sects, especially during the Middle Ages. The term can also refer to a person who enjoys or derives satisfaction from pain or hardship, often in a metaphorical or symbolic sense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flagellantnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [L. flagellans, p. p. of flagellare: cf.F. flagellant. See Flagellate.]


  1. Flagellant

    Flagellants are practitioners of an extreme form of mortification of their own flesh by whipping it with various instruments.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flagellant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flagellant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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