Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blow with a stick or cudgel.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To punish someone by beating someone on the bare soles of the feet, using a stick or truncheon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blow with a stick or cudgel.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To beat with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A blow or beating with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks; a cudgeling.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A stick or cudgel; the implement used in administering the bastinado.
  • To beat with a stick or cudgel; specifically, to beat on the buttocks or the soles of the feet, as a judicial punishment.

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

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

Etymologies

Alteration of Spanish bastonada, from baston, stick, from Vulgar Latin *bastō, *bastōn-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish bastonada (confer French bastonnade), from baston ("a stick or staff"). (Wiktionary)

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. "

    American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

  • 'bastinado' and 'falaka'-is a torture method wherein the torturer ties the victims' ankles together, then beats the soles of his feet with a metal or wooden spike.

    Gawker

  • His resistance, however, was in vain: ” ” ” not only subdued him, but determined also to punish the refractory slave; and proceeded forthwith to put this determination in practice, by inflicting a kind of bastinado on the inner fleshy side of the boy's arm, which, during the operation, was twisted round with some degree of technical skill, to render the pain more acute.

    Life of Lord Byron

Comments

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

    September 12, 2010

  • "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