Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A beating with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet.
  • noun A stick or cudgel.
  • transitive verb To subject to a beating; thrash.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To beat with a stick or cudgel; specifically, to beat on the buttocks or the soles of the feet, as a judicial punishment.
  • noun A blow or beating with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks; a cudgeling.
  • noun A mode of punishment in some Oriental countries, especially Turkey, Persia, and China, in which blows with a stick or lath of bamboo are inflicted on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks.
  • noun A stick or cudgel; the implement used in administering the bastinado.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To beat with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet.
  • noun A blow with a stick or cudgel.
  • noun A sound beating with a stick or cudgel. Specifically: A form of punishment among the Turks, Chinese, and others, consisting in beating an offender on the soles of his feet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A blow with a stick or cudgel.
  • noun A sound beating with a stick or cudgel, specifically: A form of punishment among the Turks, Chinese, and others, consisting in beating an offender on the soles of his feet.
  • verb transitive To punish someone by beating someone on the bare soles of the feet, using a stick or truncheon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb beat somebody on the soles of the feet
  • noun a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet
  • noun a form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of Spanish bastonada, from baston, stick, from Vulgar Latin *bastō, *bastōn-.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Spanish bastonada (confer French bastonnade), from baston ("a stick or staff").

Examples

  • We passed through the town, headed by a body of Ferashes, or footmen, carrying long rods, emblems of their office of executioners when the bastinado is inflicted.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • The legal instruments of summary punishment which hang on the wall of the Naam – Hoi judgment-hall consist of three boards with proper grooves for squeezing the fingers, and the bastinado, which is inflicted with bamboos of different weights.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • The legal instruments of summary punishment which hang on the wall of the Naam-Hoi judgment-hall consist of three boards with proper grooves for squeezing the fingers, and the bastinado, which is inflicted with bamboos of different weights.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • Chamberlain, is there not something in the constitution called bastinado?

    Lucky Pehr

  • He is a desperate character, and in other lands might be dangerous; but he is safe enough here, for the bastinado is a terrible instrument of torture, and the man is now not only desperate in wrath, but is sometimes desperately frightened.

    The Pirate City An Algerine Tale

  • The bastinado is the common punishment of the East, and an effective and dreaded one.

    Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity

  • Severe bruising showed Police also beat them with canes on the soles of their feet - torture known as "bastinado".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A threat accompanies every command, and a bastinado is the usual reward of disobedience. "

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4

  • A threat accompanies every command, and a bastinado is the usual reward of disobedience. "

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • A threat accompanies every command, and a bastinado is the usual reward of disobedience. "

    American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

Comments

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  • "Mr. McCain is a bit of a girlie-man when it comes to waterboarding high-value detainees; but that’s a tricky one, even for macho, red-meat conservative chest-thumpers. You get a pass on that one if you’ve spent five-and-a-half years being bastinadoed by North Vietnamese."

    - The New York Times, February 19, 2008

    February 20, 2008

  • JM reckons it was never a treat to have a bastinado.

    September 12, 2010