Bastinado



a mode of punishment consisting of blows with a stick on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks.
a blow or a beating with a stick, cudgel, etc.
a stick or cudgel.
to beat with a stick, cane, etc., especially on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks.
Historical Examples

She appeared to meditate a little; and then, changing her opinion, ordered me to receive the bastinado.
Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers Various

The bastinado was inflicted on both sexes, as with the Jews.
Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy

To attempt to export them means the bastinado and banishment, at the least.
The Stowmarket Mystery Louis Tracy

Get ye gone, or the bastinado and the bowstring shall be your portion.
Dreamers of the Ghetto I. Zangwill

Abd-el-Kader forbade the use of it, and if one of his soldiers was caught smoking keef, he received the bastinado.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 65, No. 399, January 1849 Various

He condemned some to a bastinado, which was inflicted in his presence.
An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa Abd Salam Shabeeny

These called off the little hounds with threats of the bastinado.
From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe

I did not live to bastinado Krak; nor would I now had I the power.
The King’s Mirror Anthony Hope

He was found guilty of the crime, and his punishment three dozen blows with the bastinado.
Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales W. B. Cramp

A dozen strokes of the bastinado had been awarded for the first offence.
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

noun (pl) -does
punishment or torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with a stick
a blow or beating with a stick
a stick; cudgel
verb (transitive) -does, -doing, -doed
to beat (a person) on the soles of the feet
n.

1570s, from Spanish bastonada “a beating, cudgeling,” from baston “stick,” from Late Latin bastum (see baton).

beating, a mode of punishment common in the East. It is referred to by “the rod of correction” (Prov. 22:15), “scourging” (Lev. 19:20), “chastising” (Deut. 22:18). The number of blows could not exceed forty (Deut. 25:2, 3).

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