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knout

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noun
  1. a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to flog with the knout.
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Origin of knout

1710–20; < French < Russian knut, Old Russian < Old Norse knūtr knot
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Historical Examples

  • Stella knew no Russian; she had no idea that anything worse could happen to this seriously broken people ruled by knouts.

    The Second Fiddle

    Phyllis Bottome


British Dictionary definitions for knouts

knout

noun
  1. a stout whip used formerly in Russia as an instrument of punishment
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Word Origin

C17: from Russian knut, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse knūtr knot
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