flagellate

verb
flag·​el·​late | \ ˈfla-jə-ˌlāt How to pronounce flagellate (audio) \
flagellated; flagellating

Definition of flagellate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : whip, scourge
2 : to drive or punish as if by whipping

flagellate

adjective
fla·​gel·​late | \ ˈfla-jə-lət How to pronounce flagellate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce flagellate (audio) ; flə-ˈje-lət How to pronounce flagellate (audio) \

Definition of flagellate (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : having flagella
b : shaped like a flagellum
2 [flagellate entry 3] : of, relating to, or caused by flagellates flagellate diarrhea

flagellate

noun
fla·​gel·​late | \ ˈfla-jə-lət How to pronounce flagellate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce flagellate (audio) ; flə-ˈje-lət How to pronounce flagellate (audio) \

Definition of flagellate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a flagellate protozoan or alga

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Examples of flagellate in a Sentence

Verb some medieval monks believed it was necessary to flagellate themselves in order to keep their desires in check
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One Peruvian candidate has taken time to talk about his habit of wearing a wire chain, known as a cilice, every day to flagellate himself. Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 All are said to have had affairs with Lucian Freud (was there anyone who didn’t?), three with Arthur Koestler and one with Egypt’s King Farouk (who liked to flagellate her on the steps of the royal palace with his dressing-gown cord). Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2020 Muslims were mobilizing; once, Mr. Rizvi visited during Muharram, an annual ritual of mourning, and found her surrounded by pilgrims, flagellating themselves with chains to which razor blades had been attached. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2019 Tech companies have self-flagellated a lot on these issues. Frank Bajak, SFChronicle.com, 14 Oct. 2019 Tech companies have self-flagellated a lot on these issues. Frank Bajak, SFChronicle.com, 14 Oct. 2019 Tech companies have self-flagellated a lot on these issues. Frank Bajak, SFChronicle.com, 14 Oct. 2019 Tech companies have self-flagellated a lot on these issues. Frank Bajak, SFChronicle.com, 14 Oct. 2019 Tech companies have self-flagellated a lot on these issues. Frank Bajak, SFChronicle.com, 14 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective How small is too small for someone with a shrinking fetish?), Gupta and Gelula begin to self-flagellate, blaming themselves for being too lazy to do research or for stumbling into some ridiculous malapropism. Sean Malin, Vulture, 4 Oct. 2021 These are rotating, helical appendages which act as propellers, so flagellate bacteria are more mobile than those lacking such equipment. The Economist, 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The flushing was ordered after three of 11 samples of the Lake Jackson's water tested positive for the deadly flagellate. CBS News, 7 Oct. 2020 With the possible exception of medicine, no other profession self-flagellates (and self-congratulates) over ethics like journalism. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flagellate

Verb

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flagellate

Verb

Latin flagellatus, past participle of flagellare, from flagellum, diminutive of flagrum whip; perhaps akin to Old Norse blaka to wave

Adjective

New Latin flagellatus, from flagellum

Noun

New Latin Flagellata, class of unicellular organisms, from neuter plural of flagellatus

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“Flagellate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagellate. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for flagellate

flagellate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flagellate

: to hit (yourself or another person) with a whip as punishment or as part of a religious ritual

flagellate

adjective
fla·​gel·​late | \ ˈflaj-ə-lət How to pronounce flagellate (audio) , -ˌlāt; flə-ˈjel-ət How to pronounce flagellate (audio) \

Medical Definition of flagellate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a or flagellated \ ˈflaj-​ə-​ˌlāt-​əd How to pronounce flagellate (audio) \ : having flagella
b : shaped like a flagellum
2 : of, relating to, or caused by flagellates flagellate diarrhea

flagellate

noun

Medical Definition of flagellate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a flagellate protozoan or alga

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