Definition of flagellant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfladʒ(ə)l(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /fləˈdʒɛl(ə)nt/


A person who subjects themselves or others to flogging, either as a religious discipline or for sexual gratification.
Example sentences
  • In mid-1349, Pope Clement VI issued a papal bull denouncing the flagellants as a heretical movement.
  • Critics used to make fun of monks who wore hair shirts, flagellants who whipped themselves, Puritans who did not want good times.
  • In response, flagellants whipped themselves in order to ‘take the sins of others upon themselves.’


Late 16th century: from Latin flagellant- 'whipping', from the verb flagellare, from flagellum 'whip' (see flagellum).

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