Definition of Strappado

1. Noun. A form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person's back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope.

Exact synonyms: Strapado
Generic synonyms: Torture, Torturing



Definition of Strappado

1. n. A military punishment formerly practiced, which consisted in drawing an offender to the top of a beam and letting him fall to the length of the rope, by which means a limb was often dislocated.

2. v. t. To punish or torture by the strappado.

Definition of Strappado

1. Noun. A form of torture in which the victim is hung from the ceiling by a rope attached to the hands, which are tied together behind the victim's back. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To torture by means of this device. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Strappado

1. [n -DOS or -DOES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Strappado

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straping
strapless
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strapline
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strapon
strapons
strappado (current term)
strappadoed
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strappadoing
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strapped
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strappy
strappy top

Literary usage of Strappado

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1. Universal Geography: Or a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New by Conrad Malte-Brun (1829)
"Vintners must submit to the same punishment, if animal food, or any dishes that are not permitted, appear on their tables during lent. strappado. ..."

2. Universal Geography: Or, a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New by Conrad Malte-Brun (1829)
"strappado. '^lie strappado is an instrument of punishment for greater offences; the band* of the criminal are tied behind UU back, he is raise.d into the ..."

3. Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected with the Palatine Counties of by Chetham Society, John Harland, Manchester (England). Court-Leet (1861)
"Si. 13*. 6rf. Collation as before. The Townley copy. Bound in Russia, gilt leaves. BRATHWAITE, (RICHARD.)—A strappado for the ..."

4. Restituta: Or, Titles, Extracts, and Characters of Old Books in English by Egerton Brydges (1815)
"... strappado FOR THE DEVIL, p. 68. An Epigram upon the Anagram dedicated to the Mirror of ... strappado ..."

5. Brand's Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Faiths and Folklore; a by John Brand (1905)
"... >"s " strappado he Uiv«ll," loi«}, there is a dedication : sule .... strappado ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1832)
"strappado ; a barbarous military punishment, now abandoned. It consisted in having the hands of the offender tied behind his back, by which he was drawn to ..."

7. Barnabæ Itinerarium, Or Barnabee's Journal.. by Richard Brathwaite (1818)
"strappado for the Devil, 1615. p. 114". " Care who loves then, let him Hue Single ; whereas such need lesse As themselves to marriage giue, For these want ..."

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