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strappado

noun strap·pa·do \stra-ˈpā-(ˌ)dō, -ˈpä-\

Definition of STRAPPADO

:  a punishment or torture in which the subject is hoisted by rope and allowed to fall its full length; also :  a machine used to inflict this torture

Origin of STRAPPADO

modification of Italian strappata, literally, sharp pull
First Known Use: 1560

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