strappado

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n strappado a form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person's back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Strappado A military punishment formerly practiced, which consisted in drawing an offender to the top of a beam and letting him fall to the length of the rope, by which means a limb was often dislocated.
    • v. t Strappado To punish or torture by the strappado.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n strappado A punishment or torture which consisted in raising the victim to a certain height by a rope and letting him fall suddenly, the rope being secured to his person in such a way that the jerk in falling would inflict violent pain. For example, the hands being tied together, the rope would be secured to the wrists; the punishment was more severe when the arms had previously been brought behind the back.
    • strappado To torture by the strappado.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Strappado strap-ā′do (Shak.) a punishment which consisted in pulling the victim to the top of a beam and letting him fall so as to break his bones
    • v.t Strappado (Milt.) to torture or punish by the strappado
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. strappata, a pull, the strappado, from strappare, to pull, from Prov. G. strapfen,: cf. G. straff, tense, stretched

Usage

In literature:

Lastly comes the torture of the rope and pulley, the most in vogue of all, and known in other Latin countries as the strappado.
"The Cenci" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Lastly comes the torture of the rope and pulley, the most in vogue of all, and known in other Latin countries as the strappado.
"Celebrated Crimes, Complete" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
I'll uphold you to face Spaniards, strappado, rack, galleys, and all!
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
I'd strappado you and then hang you within the next half-hour.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
It crucifies worse than any tyrant; no torture, no strappado, no bodily punishment is like unto it.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
STRAPPADO, an obsolete military punishment by drawing a culprit to the top of a beam and then letting him drop the length of the rope.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Scarpines and strappado won't lay stone on stone!
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
Then the unlucky Carli was once more put to the strappado.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
No; were I at the strappado, or all the racks in the world, I would not tell you on compulsion.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Strappado, military punishment, 440.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
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