a person who flagellates
or scourges himself or herself for religious discipline.
a person who derives sexual pleasure from whipping or being whipped by another person.
(often initial capital letter) one of a medieval European sect of fanatics who practiced scourging in public.
severely criticizing: a flagellant attack on the opposition party.
Origin: 1555–65; Related forms
< Latin flagellant-
(stem of flagellāns
) whipping, present participle of flagellāre.