Noun Bastinado Definition and Examples


Noun:

Bastinado

Pronunciation:

/ˌbastɪˈneɪdəʊ//ˌbastɪˈnɑːdəʊ/

Definition:
1.

noun

A form of punishment or torture that involved caning the soles of someone's feet.
  1. 'The act of Bastinado, generally used to punish miscreants but also to elicit answers from torture victims, extends back through history hundreds of years.'

verb

Punish or torture (someone) by caning the soles of their feet.
  1. 'True, he had simplified several knotty matters by bastinadoing and cutting off the heads of all concerned, but this left a multitude of matters which could not be disposed of in that summary fashion.'
  2. 'If a person is severely bastinadoed they will be unable to place their weight upon the soles of their feet, forcing them to crawl, a position which will reinforce the domination of the performer of the bastinado over them.'
  3. 'Apart from the bastinadoing other methods were employed, too, such as putting hot irons on the chest.'
((n.) A blow with a stick or cudgel.|--|(n.) A sound beating with a stick or cudgel. Specifically: A form of punishment among the Turks, Chinese, and others, consisting in beating an offender on the soles of his feet.|--|)


Origin:
Late 16th century (denoting a blow with a stick): from Spanish bastonada, from bastón ‘stick, cudgel’, from late Latin bastum ‘stick’.

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