Meaning of “flagellant” in the English Dictionary


"flagellant" in English

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flagellantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈflædʒ.əl.ənt/ us /ˈflædʒ.əl.ənt/ formal

Examples from literature

  • Every country had its wandering hordes of flagellants and penitents, its crusaders and its pilgrims. 
  • It is poised, silent, sure, and the flagellants, like the dervishes, are noticeable by their absence. 
  • The day for fanatics and dippy, dotty flagellants is past. 
  • The same thing applies to the flagellants of the declining Middle Ages, and some Protestant sects of modernity. 

(Definition of “flagellant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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