Someone who flagellates her or himself. In particular, a religious ascetic/masochist who attempts to attain a sublime state or to purge disease or sin through whipping or beating her or himself with ropes, chains and/or flails.
In the Warhammer fantasy battle game, flagellants are a type of special unit available to human armies who wield chains/flails, wear no armour and are immune to psychological effects such as fear.
"Oh no! It's flagellants, whipping themselves into a frenzy as usual"
(Warhammer: Dark Omen)
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