Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To whip or flog; scourge.
  • transitive v. To punish or impel as if by whipping.
  • adj. Biology Flagellated.
  • adj. Resembling or having the form of a flagellum; whiplike.
  • adj. Relating to or caused by a flagellate organism.
  • n. An organism, such as a euglena, that is equipped with a flagellum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To whip or scourge.
  • adj. Resembling a whip.
  • adj. Having flagella.
  • n. Any organism that has flagella.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To whip; to scourge; to flog.
  • adj. Flagelliform.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Flagellata.
  • adj. Having a flagellum or flagella.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To whip; scourge.
  • In biol, furnished with flagella, or slender whip-like processes; flagelliferous: as, a flagellate infusorian (in this use technically opposed to ciliate).
  • Like a whip-lash; flagelliform: as, a flagellate process.
  • In botany, producing filiform runners or runner-like branches.
  • n. An obsolete perversion of flageolet.

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

  • v. whip
  • n. a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals
  • adj. having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum)

Etymologies

Latin flagellāre, flagellāt-, to whip, from flagellum, diminutive of flagrum, whip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin flagellum ("whip") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Conservatives gleefully seized upon this to once again flagellate academia for its liberal bias.

    December 2004

  • As in many other lower animals, the cells have only one whip-like hair each, and so are called flagellate (whip) cells (in contrast with the ciliated cells, which have a number of short lashes or cilia).

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 2

  • Today, he sees the "moral hazard rescue" for what it is, and now chooses to "flagellate" himself and "wear a dunce's hat."

    The Daily Reckoning

  • He also said the industry should not "flagellate" itself over stats that show other countries 'research investments.

    Multichannel News: Business News

  • The occasion of the final home game was marked by many as the time to move forward and the beginning of the healing process since the university has now had more than a week to flagellate itself.

    Christopher Brauchli: The Coach, the Pope and the Children

  • It was because they seemed small and insignificant compared to Hitchens, that they took the opportunity to flagellate themselves through his very apotheosis.

    Adam Hanft: The Hitchens Outpouring and Journalistic Self-Hatred

  • The tone differs from place to place -- listening to a German official denounce deficits, my wife whispered, "We'll all be handed whips as we leave, so we can flagellate ourselves."

    Danny Schechter: After the Election, What About the Economy?

  • Shiites ritually march, flagellate, and chant in honor of the martyred Imam or divinely-appointed leader.

    Iran Election Live-Blogging (Thursday June 18)

  • It's better now, but I'm unsure whether to flagellate myself for not taking her straight to the doctor, or feel pleased that I'm less hysterical than I used to be and she's still fine.

    Peace In A Dyson | Her Bad Mother

  • The novel was an indirect attack on Jean-Paul Sartre, who was always ready to flagellate himself for being a bourgeois and to accuse France and Europe of causing all the world's ills.

    Books on Guilt

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