Definition of bastinado in US English:

bastinado

noun

historical
  • A form of punishment or torture that involves caning the soles of someone's feet.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One favourite method was the grisly bastinado: turning a slave upside down and beating the soles of their feet until raw.’

verb

[with object]usually be bastinadoed
historical
  • Punish or torture (someone) by caning the soles of the feet.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation