A person who subjects themselves or others to flogging, either as a religious discipline or for sexual gratification.
- 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.’
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