from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Given to flagellation, or the use of the rod; flagellating.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eccl. Hist.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Latin flagellāns, flagellant-, from present participle of flagellāre, to whip; see flagellate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Latin flagellare meaning to whip


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