What does the word bastinado mean?

Usage examples for bastinado

  1. She is one whom not to love is to be guilty of an offence deserving capital punishment, and a bastinado to season the culprit for his execution. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. One of the braves approaching the poor helpless wretch with a small cord of catgut, such as was used by them for bow- strings, prepared to bind it tightly around his thumb, while the others gathering around in a circle waved their war- clubs high in air to inflict the painful bastinado. – Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion by St. George Tucker
  3. The Pasha, looking at you with a vicious sneer, turned up his nose, ejaculated " 'Ajami," and prescribed the bastinado. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
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