Share this entry

Share this page

bastinado

Syllabification: bas·ti·na·do
Pronunciation: /ˌbastəˈnādō, -ˈnädō
 
/
chiefly historical

Definition of bastinado in English:

noun

A form of punishment or torture that involves caning the soles of someone’s feet.
Example sentences
  • One favourite method was the grisly bastinado: turning a slave upside down and beating the soles of their feet until raw.
  • The bare feet are beautiful, elegant and feminine but bring to mind the bastinado, the terrible flogging of the feet.
  • 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 (bastinadoes, bastinadoing, bastinadoed)

[with object] (usually be bastinadoed) Back to top  
Punish or torture (someone) by caning the soles of the feet.
Example sentences
  • Apart from the bastinadoing other methods were employed, too, such as putting hot irons on the chest.
  • There are four capital punishments: beheading, hanging, strangling and bastinadoing to death.
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with bastinado

aficionado, amontillado, avocado, Bardo, Barnardo, bravado, Colorado, desperado, Dorado, eldorado, incommunicado, Leonardo, Mikado, muscovado, Prado, renegado, Ricardo, stifado

Definition of bastinado in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…