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

  • adj. Biology Having a flagellum or flagella.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of flagellate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. resembling a flagellum or flagella.
  • adj. having a flagellum or flagella.

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  • adj. having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum)


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  • Left, Shiite Muslims flagellated themselves during a Muharram procession in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sunday.

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  • Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images RELIGIOUS RITE: Shiite Muslims flagellated themselves during a religious procession on Monday in Lahore, Pakistan, as Ashura processions began.

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  • Residents of the city of Zamora, twice witnessed a spectacle in which men who had obviously been flagellated and otherwise tortured were paraded around one of the main glorietas bearing signs that they were being made an example by the La Familia who accused them of thievery and other crimes.

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  • There remains virtually no river in the U.S. where drinking its water doesn't risk catching Giardia lamblia or some other nasty flagellated protozoan parasite, but here the luminous water is eminently potable.

    Richard Bangs: Bosnia & Herzegovina, That Unreal Place

  • Large-scale banks have been publicly flagellated for the risks they took with securitized subprime mortgages and the ways they artificially -- and even illegally -- inflated the value of their assets.

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  • But you'd never know that from the nonstop, right-wing bravado that the glorious second coming of Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution is at hand (even though Newt is flagellated these days as a card-carrying communist for backing moderates).

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  • He even flagellated himself for flagellating himself: to his rabbi friend he once wrote of "that conscience which I continually manage to diminish and repress by superficial overuse."

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  • There is a small part of me sympathetic to Imus 'sense of victimization, just out of simple understanding of human nature: a man can only prostrate himself for so long, self-flagellate, and be flagellated before he feels bitter, before he feels the punishment is unjust.

    Stacy Parker Aab: The Trouble With Imus' "It's Not Fair, Other People Do It" Defense

  • Scanning electron micrograph of some of the external ultrastructural details displayed by the flagellated Giardia lamblia protozoan parasite.


  • There are many people I'd like to see flagellated in Washington, but you are not among them.

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