Definition of bastinado in English:

bastinado

Line breaks: bas¦tin|ado
Pronunciation: /ˌbastɪˈneɪdəʊ
 
, -ˈnɑːdəʊ/

noun

[mass noun]
A form of punishment or torture that involved caning the soles of someone’s feet.
More 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)

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Punish or torture (someone) by caning the soles of their feet: if she had been hurt he would have had the slave bastinadoed
More 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'.

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