from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A form of saltatory chorea associated with religious ecstasy, occurring in wide-spread epidemics in the middle ages.
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Flagellant movement was but one of the manias that afflicted the end of the Middle Ages; others were the dancing-mania, the Jew-baiting rages, which the Flagellant processions encouraged in 1349, the child-crusades, and the like.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI 1840-1916 1913
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