Definition of bastinado in English:

bastinado

noun

  • [mass noun] A form of punishment or torture that involved caning the soles of someone's feet.

    • ‘One favourite method was the grisly bastinado: turning a slave upside down and beating the soles of their feet until raw.’
    • ‘The bare feet are beautiful, elegant and feminine but bring to mind the bastinado, the terrible flogging of the feet.’
    • ‘The act of Bastinado, generally used to punish miscreants but also to elicit answers from torture victims, extends back through history hundreds of years.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Punish or torture (someone) by caning the soles of their feet:

    ‘if she had been hurt he would have had the slave bastinadoed’
    • ‘True, he had simplified several knotty matters by bastinadoing and cutting off the heads of all concerned, but this left a multitude of matters which could not be disposed of in that summary fashion.’
    • ‘For his part, the shah threatened him with execution, and once had him severely bastinadoed.’
    • ‘There are four capital punishments: beheading, hanging, strangling and bastinadoing to death.’
    • ‘Apart from the bastinadoing other methods were employed, too, such as putting hot irons on the chest.’
    • ‘If a person is severely bastinadoed they will be unable to place their weight upon the soles of their feet, forcing them to crawl, a position which will reinforce the domination of the performer of the bastinado over them.’

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a blow with a stick): from Spanish bastonada, from bastón stick, cudgel, from late Latin bastum stick.

Pronunciation:

bastinado

/ˌbastɪˈneɪdəʊ/