from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See abbacinate, abbacination.

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

  • transitive verb rare To blind by a red-hot metal plate held before the eyes.

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  • verb transitive, rare To blind by holding a red-hot metal rod or plate before the eyes

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  • verb blind by holding a red-hot metal plate before someone's eyes


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From Late Latin abacinātus, perfect passive participle of abacinō; possibly formed from ab ("off") + bacīnum ("a basin") or bacīnus. Probably cognate with modern Italian abbacinare ("to dazzle").


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  • Such a useful and charming word.

    November 13, 2007

  • I love that there's a single word for such a specific action.

    September 25, 2008

  • Yes, it restores one's faith in humanity, doesn't it?

    September 25, 2008

  • *rolls eyes*

    sorry, that was a terrible joke...

    September 25, 2008

  • This word doesn't seem to have much of an existence outside of books with titles like "A Treasury of Unusual Words"; I think I might start tagging such words "collector's items".

    September 26, 2008

  • Like the words in my "curio cabinet".... :-)

    September 26, 2008

  • Exactly, RT. This is going in my Wörterwunderkammer.

    September 26, 2008

  • It'll be a fun list. :-)

    September 26, 2008