bastinado

[bas-tuh-ney-doh, -nah-doh]

noun, plural bas·ti·na·does.

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.

verb (used with object), bas·ti·na·doed, bas·ti·na·do·ing.

to beat with a stick, cane, etc., especially on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks.

Origin of bastinado

1570–80; earlier bastanado < Spanish bastonada (bastón stick (see baton) + -ada -ade1)
Related formsun·bas·ti·na·doed, adjective
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bastinado

noun plural -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 -does, -doing or -doed (tr)

to beat (a person) on the soles of the feet

Word Origin for bastinado

C16: from Spanish bastonada, from baston stick, from Late Latin bastum see baton
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Word Origin and History for bastinado
n.

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

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