strappado

noun
strap·​pa·​do | \ stra-ˈpā-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce strappado (audio) , -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

First Known Use of strappado

1560, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strappado

modification of Italian strappata, literally, sharp pull

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“Strappado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strappado. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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