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flagellant

[flaj-uh-luh nt, fluh-jel-uh nt] /ˈflædʒ ə lənt, fləˈdʒɛl ənt/
noun
1.
a person who flagellates or scourges himself or herself for religious discipline.
2.
a person who derives sexual pleasure from whipping or being whipped by another person.
3.
(often initial capital letter) one of a medieval European sect of fanatics who practiced scourging in public.
adjective
5.
severely criticizing:
a flagellant attack on the opposition party.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin flagellant- (stem of flagellāns) whipping, present participle of flagellāre. See flagellum, -ant
Related forms
flagellantism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flagellantism

flagellant

/ˈflædʒɪlənt; fləˈdʒɛlənt/
noun
1.
a person who whips himself or others either as part of a religious penance or for sexual gratification
2.
(often capital) (in medieval Europe) a member of a religious sect who whipped themselves in public
Derived Forms
flagellantism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin flagellāre to whip, from flagellum
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Word Origin and History for flagellantism

flagellant

n.

late 16c., from Latin flagellantem (nominative flagellans), present participle of flagellare "to scourge, lash" (see flagellum).

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