[ skwo-sey-shuhn ]

  1. a form of strappado in which the victim, with arms bound behind and feet heavily weighted, was jerked up and down at the end of a rope passed under the arms.

Origin of squassation

1725–35; <Italian squass(are) to shake severely (<Vulgar Latin *exquassāre;see squash1) + -ation

Words Nearby squassation

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