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1. a person who flagellates or scourges himself or herself for religious discipline.
2. a person who derives sexual pleasure from whipping or being whipped by another person.
3. (often cap.) one of a medieval European sect of fanatics who practiced scourging in public.
2. severely criticizing: a flagellant attack on the opposition party.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.