Word of the Week Wednesday

Bastinado (bas-tə-ˈnā-dō), noun
1: a mode of punishment consisting of blows with a stick on the soles of the feet
or on the buttocks.
2: a beating especially with a stick or cudgel
3: stick, cudgel

Variants of BASTINADO

bas·ti·na·do or bas·ti·nade

Examples of BASTINADO

  1. <the guards savagely beat the prisoner’s feet with a bastinado>

Origin of BASTINADO

Spanish bastonada, from bastón stick, from Late Latin bastum

First Known Use: 1572

Related to BASTINADO

No, thank you.

Synonyms: club (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, cudgel, nightstick, rod, rung [Scottish], sap, shillelagh (also shillalah), staff, truncheon, waddy [Australian]

This week’s WotWW brought to you by: dictionary.reference.com and http://www.merriam-webster.com

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