bastinado

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noun

bas·​ti·​na·​do ˌba-stə-ˈnā-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce bastinado (audio) -ˈnä- How to pronounce bastinado (audio)
variants or bastinade
plural bastinadoes or bastinades
1
: a blow with a stick or cudgel
2
a
: a beating especially with a stick
b
: a punishment consisting of beating the soles of the feet with a stick
3

bastinado

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verb

bastinadoed; bastinadoing

transitive verb

: to subject to repeated blows

Examples of bastinado in a Sentence

Noun the guards savagely beat the prisoner's feet with a bastinado

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Spanish bastonada, from bastón stick, from Late Latin bastum

First Known Use

Noun

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bastinado was in 1572

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Cite this Entry

“Bastinado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bastinado. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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