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Flagellant

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Flagellant

One of a fanatical sect which flourished in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries, and maintained that flagellation was of equal virtue with baptism and the sacrament.

Synonym: disciplinant.

Origin: L. Flagellans, p.p. Of flagellare: cf.F. Flagellant. See flagellate.