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
The ordinary registers are the low, the middle, the high voice, or head voice, and sometimes the second high voice, which has been called the flagellant voice.
I don't mean to come off like a "flagellant" here, beating my breast for the shortcomings of my countrymen; you could just as easily say that "they" don't spend time with
Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images EASTER SACRIFICE: A flagellant whipped his back with bamboo during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Manila Thursday.
But let's not waste time in the flagellant posture of a seasoned intellectual, and adopt the erect stance of the rhetorician: nine out of ten nutso claims made about Palin were actually true.
Only a three-chain flagellant is assured more misery.
Institutionalised public contrition as practiced (rightly) in Germany, or assiduously avoided by Japan, is not required of us, and certainly not as a sort of flagellant, anti-imperialist penance.
Endless, mindless, line-ups where nitwits pose puzzlers are a curious, American masochistic multi-flagellant, consonant with Yr. constant torture fetishes.
- Advice from a lifelong psychological self-flagellant.
One is a religious self-flagellant who skipped town after trying to dig up his grandmother.
When in London he patronised a flagellant brothel run by Mrs Jenkins, who provided facilities for flogging girls of 13 or so.