Definitions

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  • n. A leather scourge.
  • n. A flogging with a knout.
  • v. Present participle of knout.

Etymologies

Old Norse (knūtr), a knot in a cord. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We suspect that but few dignitaries of the past ever received so sound a 'knouting' as did that 'accursed Jew' Josephus, at his hands; nor do Grotius and Dr. Parr fare much better.

    Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • Russias, this wicked enemy of the human race, has succeeded in raising his hideous flag on Port Arthur, and planting his iron heel and cloven hoof on the heathen Chinese -- filthy, degenerate creatures, who, it must be admitted, are fitting companions for the tallow-eating, 'knouting' barbarian. "

    Pickwickian Studies

  • He was the brute who'd nearly put paid to me in Russia — a gotch-eyed, freezing ghoul of a man who'd dragged me halfway to China in chains, and threatened me with exposure in a cage and knouting to death, and like pleasantries.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • He was the brute who'd nearly put paid to me in Russia - a gotch-eyed, freezing ghoul of a man who'd dragged me halfway to China in chains, and threatened me with exposure in a cage and knouting to death, and like pleasantries.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • Here he encountered Zora Vola, the girl whose knouting he had witnessed and resented.

    The Boy Nihilist or, Young America in Russia

  • Our village was once famous also as the dwelling place of an eminent parson, who obtained a million signatures for a petition to N. Romanoff, asking the abolition of knouting of women in Siberia.

    Shandygaff

  • Knitting instead of knouting is the order of the day.

    Shandygaff

  • And now N. Romanoff himself is gone to Siberia, and there is no knouting or giving in knoutage; no pogroms or ukases or any other check on the ladies.

    Shandygaff

  • The Cossacks, at the command of the "good Czar" are celebrating a bloody feast -- knouting, shooting, clubbing people to death, dragging great masses to prisons and into exile, and it is not the fault of that vicious idiot on the throne, nor that of his advisors,

    Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906

  • If word of the plot reached the Pacific, they might expect knouting, perhaps mutilation, or lifelong, hopeless servitude in the chain-gangs of the mines.

    Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward

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