flagellate flagellate  /f ˈlæ dʒə ˌleɪt/


  1. (n) a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals
  2. (v) whip
  3. (adj) having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum)


  1. It's a neat bit of contortionism, to be able to flagellate yourself and pat yourself on the back at the same time.
  2. The books were displayed, among other places, in malls, so that people could conveniently flagellate themselves while shopping.
  3. Shiite Muslims hold knife blades on chains as they prepare to flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Lahore, Pakistan.


  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    By Erik de Castro CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate ...
    on April 18, 2014     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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  1. "There is a loss of proportion here, an intoxication of the media. There is someone to prey on, someone to flagellate," said Lieberman.
    on Feb 28, 2007 By: Avigdor Lieberman Source: Ynetnews

  2. Italy "is a country that loves to flagellate itself and make itself look bad," Berlusconi told reporters today in Toyako, Japan, during the second day of the G-8 meeting.
    on Jul 8, 2008 By: Silvio Berlusconi Source: Bloomberg

  3. "Nobody wants Venezuela to flagellate itself. A positive token is needed to the Brazilian Congress," said Amorim during the Mercosur summit held in Asunción, where Chávez is not present, AFP quoted.
    on Jun 28, 2007 By: Celso Amorim Source: El Universal

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