Definition of Bastinado

1. Noun. A cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet.

Generic synonyms: Cudgel



2. Verb. Beat somebody on the soles of the feet.
Generic synonyms: Beat

3. Noun. A form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels.
Exact synonyms: Falanga
Generic synonyms: Torture, Torturing

Definition of Bastinado

1. n. A blow with a stick or cudgel.

2. v. t. To beat with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet.

Definition of Bastinado

1. Noun. A blow with a stick or cudgel. ¹

2. Noun. 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. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To punish someone by beating someone on the bare soles of the feet, using a stick or truncheon. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bastinado

1. [v -DOED, -DOING, -DOES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bastinado

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basters
bastes
bastide
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bastile
bastiles
bastille
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bastillion
bastillions
bastinade
bastinaded
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bastinado (current term)
bastinadoed
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bastings
bastion
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bastle
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bastnaesite
bastnaesites

Literary usage of Bastinado

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1. The Innocents Abroad; Or, The New Pilgrim's Progress: Being Some Account of by Mark Twain (1884)
"One more paragraph: THE bastinado. " Then once more I bowed my head. It is no shame to have wept in Palestine. I wept, when I saw Jerusalem, ..."

2. China: Its Costume, Arts, Manufactures, &c. by Henri-Léonard-Jean-Baptiste Bertin (1813)
"WHIPPING—THE bastinado. IHE bastinado and the whip are punishments which are very common in China. The mandarins have the power of inflicting them on those ..."

3. The Youth's Companion, Or, An Historical Dictionary: Consisting of Articles by Ezra Sampson (1816)
"bastinado, a cruel punishment practised in the Turkish dominions, ... There have been instances of the bastinado having been repeated for three days ..."

4. Cyclopedia of American Literature: Embracing Personal and Critical Notices by Evert Augustus Duyckinck, George Long Duyckinck (1856)
"On his return, in the spring of 1852, he was attacked by a disease of the liver, which terminated his life October 12th of that year. THE bastinado AT ..."

5. History of Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson (1881)
"Anon, the tax-gatherer arrives; his Egyptian undergoing the bastinado. agents are armed with clubs ; he has negroes with him, who carry whips of palm ..."

6. The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians by Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1878)
"... common People—Legislative Rights of the King—Judges—Laws—Passports—The bastinado—Punishment—Marriages—Civil Government—Greek and Roman Administration. ..."

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