strappado

noun

strap·​pa·​do stra-ˈpā-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce strappado (audio)
-ˈpä-
: 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

Examples of strappado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, outside Ma68 Trading in Manhattan, Huggy was available on a recent visit in gray, red or green, each clipped to a circular clothes rack, strappado style. Magdalene J. Taylor, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023 Held in the Bargello prison, Machiavelli was tortured over a period of several weeks by means of the strappado, a device that dropped bound prisoners from a height in order to dislocate their shoulders and arms. National Geographic, 22 Oct. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

modification of Italian strappata, literally, sharp pull

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strappado was in 1560

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“Strappado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strappado. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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