from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who whips, especially one who scourges oneself for religious discipline or public penance.
  • n. One who seeks sexual gratification in beating or being beaten by another person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who practices flagellating oneself, either for penance.
  • n. A member of a religious order that preaches self-mortification as a means of absolution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to flagellation, or the use of the rod; flagellating.
  • n. One who whips or scourges himself for religious discipline; specifically, in history, one of a body of religious persons who believed they could thus appease the divine wrath against their sins and the sins of the age.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
  • n. a person who whips himself as a religious penance


Latin flagellāns, flagellant-, from present participle of flagellāre, to whip; see flagellate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin flagellare meaning to whip (Wiktionary)



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