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Definition of "bastinado" [bas•ti•na•do]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bastinado" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "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 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."