Definition of Knout

1. Noun. A whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners.

Generic synonyms: Whip



Definition of Knout

1. n. A kind of whip for flogging criminals, formerly much used in Russia. The lash is a tapering bundle of leather thongs twisted with wire and hardened, so that it mangles the flesh.

2. v. t. To punish with the knout.

Definition of Knout

1. Noun. A leather scourge (multi-tail whip), in the severe version known as 'great knout' with metal weights on each tongue, notoriously used in imperial Russia. ¹

2. Verb. To flog or beat with a knout. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Knout

1. to flog with a leather whip [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Knout

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1. The Youth's Companion, Or, An Historical Dictionary: Consisting of Articles by Ezra Sampson (1816)
"knout, a horrible cruel kind of punishment common in Russia. In what is called the double knout, the hands are bound behind the prisoner's back, ..."

2. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"For the knout Nicholas substituted the pleti, a three-thonged lash, ... (knout is the French spelling of a Russian word spelt by the Germans knut, ..."

3. Prison Discipline: And the Advantages of the Separate System of Imprisonment by John Field (1848)
"THE knout ABOLISHED.—PUNISHMENTS IN SIBERIA RELAXED. VISIT OF THE EMPEROR TO ENGLAND.—CELLULAR PRISON ORDERED AT ST. PETERSBURGH. ..."

4. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"knout, properly KNUT, the Russian word for whip, and the name of the severest judicial punishment inflicted in Russia. The culprit is bound to two stakes, ..."

5. John Howard, and the Prison-world of Europe by William Hepworth Dixon (1850)
"Invitation to Court Refused.— The Empress Catherine.— Engine! of Torture. — The knout. — Extraordinary Interrogatory. — Russian Pretence at Civilization. ..."

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