• WordNet 3.6
    • n flagellant a person who whips himself as a religious penance
    • n flagellant a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flagellant (Eccl. Hist) One of a fanatical sect which flourished in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries, and maintained that flagellation was of equal virtue with baptism and the sacrament; -- called also disciplinant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flagellant Given to flagellation, or the use of the rod; flagellating.
    • n flagellant One who whips or scourges himself for religious discipline; specifically, in history, one of a body of religious persons who believed they could thus appease the divine wrath against their sins and the sins of the age. An association of flagellants founded in Italy about 1260 spread throughout Europe, its members marching in processions, publicly scourging their own bare bodies till the blood ran. Having by these practices given rise to great disorders, they were suppressed; but the same scenes were repeated on a larger scale in 1348 and several subsequent years, in consequence of the desolating plague called the “black death.” These flagellants claimed for their scourgings the virtue of all the sacraments, and promulgated other heresies. There have been also fraternities of flagellants authorized by the Roman Catholic Church. Some flagellants have held doctrines opposed to the Roman Catholic Church, and approximating those of Protestantism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Flagellant one who scourges himself in religious discipline
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. flagellans, p. p. of flagellare,: cf.F. flagellant,. See Flagellate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. flagellāre, -ātumflagellum, dim. of flagrum, a whip.


In literature:

A son of the contractor gave the flagellation.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
This was done in penance, as the members of more rigid orders in the past were flagellants for a season.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
In 1349 two hundred Flagellants first entered Strasburg, where they were hospitably lodged by the citizens.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
In both the composition of "The Last Supper" is precisely the same, as well as "The Flagellation.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
At last the flagellated beauty allows herself to be touched by the charm attendant on his thumps.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
When the water had been beaten out he again dipped the roll into the stream and resumed his flagellations.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
I may refer here to flagellation.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Their flagellated Christ, their arrow-riddled Sebastian, never writhe or howl with pain; indeed, they suffer none.
"Euphorion" by Vernon Lee
Flagellation, treatment for persons possessed, 56.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The Pillar of Flagellation.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon

In poetry:

By Thy Flagellation,
Flesh immaculate—
By Thine endless glory,
Manhood consummate—
"Pro Castitate" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
And Christian flagellants their backs
All naked to the scourge have given;
And martyrs to their stakes and racks
Have gone, of choice, in hope of heaven;—
"The Chain" by John Pierpont
Their scourges--iron-pointed, leathern thongs,
Mark how they lash themselves--the strict Flagellants.
The Brothers of the Cross--hark to their cries!
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
The cruel pestilence arrives,
Cuts off a myriad human lives.
See the Flagellants' naked skin!
They scourge themselves for grievous sin.
Trembles the earth beneath God's breath,
The Jews shall all be burned to death.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
The imprisond soul, the tortured limb,
Are now at last set free by Him.
Each king their fellow king supplied
With thongs to scourge ye: but your wrongs
Reacht highest heaven; Angelic tongues
Shouted when Earth's Flagellant died.
"On The Descent Into Hell Of Ezzelino Di Napoli" by Walter Savage Landor

In news:

I used to be in the elections business, have covered these quadrennial self-flagellations since George McGovern came to town.
I watch it because I'm into self flagellation .
The AP reports that a new book authored by the postulator for the cause of John Paul II's sainthood invokes the late pope's practice of self- flagellation as evidence of his pursuit of Christian perfection.
Bright Eyes' Self- Flagellation Sounds Great on Lifted.
Veterans Day forms the perfect background for the self-flagellation I am about to undertake in full view of whoever passes by.
The AP reports that a new book authored by the postulator for the cause of John Paul II's sainthood invokes the late pope's practice of self-flagellation as evidence of his pursuit of Christian perfection.
Diameter Oscillation of Axonemes in Sea-Urchin Sperm Flagell.
Bright Eyes' Self-Flagellation Sounds Great on Lifted.
Greek Shi'ites mark Ashura with fierce flagellation.
Hannah Flagel and Drew Werner, both of Lake Odessa , have announced their engagement.
And Mrs David Flagel of Lake Odessa .
Flagel, 93, Sauk Rapids, Minn. Died Saturday, Oct 27, 2012, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home Sauk Rapids.
This is going to be another week of extravagant RGIII praise, which is more fun than anguished Jim Haslett flagellation, all in all.
Chris Brown is either going through an insane period of self-flagellation, or this is the worst September's Fools Day prank ever.

In science:

Flagellated bacteria, the best studied of which is E.coli, have two different modes of motile behavior that are determined by the rotation of their flagella.
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal