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.