flagellant

noun
fla·​gel·​lant | \ˈfla-jə-lənt, flə-ˈje-lənt\

Definition of flagellant 

1 : a person who scourges himself or herself as a public penance

2 : a person who responds sexually to being beaten by or to beating another person

Other Words from flagellant

flagellant adjective
flagellantism \ˈfla-​jə-​lən-​ˌti-​zəm, flə-​ˈje-​lən-​ \ noun

First Known Use of flagellant

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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flagellant

noun
fla·​gel·​lant | \ˈflaj-ə-lənt, flə-ˈjel-ənt \

Medical Definition of flagellant 

: a person who responds sexually to being beaten by or to beating another flagellant person

Other Words from flagellant

flagellant adjective
flagellantism \-​ˌiz-​əm \ noun

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