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bastinado

Definitions

  • Levying the Tax: The Bastinado
    Levying the Tax: The Bastinado
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bastinado beat somebody on the soles of the feet
    • n bastinado a form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels
    • n bastinado a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bastinado A blow with a stick or cudgel.
    • Bastinado 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.
    • v. t Bastinado To beat with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bastinado A blow or beating with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks; a cudgeling.
    • n bastinado A mode of punishment in some Oriental countries, especially Turkey, Persia, and China, in which blows with a stick or lath of bamboo are inflicted on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks.
    • n bastinado A stick or cudgel; the implement used in administering the bastinado.
    • bastinado To beat with a stick or cudgel; specifically, to beat on the buttocks or the soles of the feet, as a judicial punishment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bastinado bast-in-ād′o to beat with a baton or stick, esp. on the soles of the feet (a form of punishment in the East)
    • pr.p Bastinado bastinād′ing or bastinād′oing; pa.p. bastinād′ed or bastinād′oed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. bastonada,cf. F. bastonnade,), fr. baston,cf. F. bâton,) a stick or staff. See Baston

Usage

In literature:

How many men d'ye think I've bastinadoed Almost to death?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
I did not live to bastinado Krak; nor would I now had I the power.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
He punished them with the bastinado, and then caused each of them to be tied to a board and cast into the sea.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
There are the culprits, I see, in waiting for the bastinado, if such should be your demand.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
Small Offences are punished with the Bastinado, or the Rhinoceros Whip.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
We would have such a perpetrator bastinadoed on the soles of his feet.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
They were bastinadoed and otherwise punished for the most trivial offences.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
And when he runs away from the bastinado, breaking in revenge the icon of the Holy Virgin, his father turns him away from home.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
If society rules like Russia or Turkey, then am I a candidate for knout and bastinado.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
But he did not want the bastinado again, and the pilaf pleasantly tickled his nostrils.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
He has been bastinadoed and starved.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
To the court, to the court, that he may get the bastinado!
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
On one wall there are wrestlers in different attitudes; on another, some unhappy people who are undergoing the bastinado.
"What We Saw in Egypt" by Anonymous
By them all the men stood in a guard, every one having a bastinado in his hand, made of reeds bound together.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
I wonder when you will ever pass a day without deserving the bastinado!
"Holiday House" by Catherine Sinclair
He will surely bastinado our comedian out of his laureate periwig.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
She deserved the bastinado, the wicked witch.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
I have little doubt that they had been cruelly bastinadoed, poor brutes.
"The Escaping Club" by A. J. Evans
I wish you to arrest them and give each one hundred stripes with the bastinado.
"The Silent Readers" by William D. Lewis
He himself gave a Russian officer who had committed some minor offence more than a hundred strokes of the bastinado.
"Eastern Nights - and Flights" by Alan Bott
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