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 (stră-pā′dō, -pä′-)
n. pl. strap·pa·does
1. A form of torture in which the victim is lifted off the ground by a rope attached to the wrists, which have been tied behind the back, and then is dropped partway to the ground with a jerk.
2. The apparatus employed in this method of torture.

[Alteration of French strapade, from Old French, from Old Italian strappata, from strappare, to stretch tight, of Germanic origin.]


(strəˈpeɪdəʊ; -ˈpɑː-)
n, pl -does
(Historical Terms) a system of torture in which a victim was hoisted by a rope tied to his wrists and then allowed to drop until his fall was suddenly checked by the rope
[C16: from French strapade, from Italian strappare to tug sharply, probably of Germanic origin; related to German (dialect) strapfen to make taut]


(strəˈpeɪ doʊ, -ˈpɑ-)

n., pl. -does.
1. an old form of punishment or torture in which the victim was hoisted by a rope around the wrists, dropped, and allowed to fall the length of the rope.
2. the instrument used for this purpose.
[1550–60; alter. of Middle French strapade or its source, Italian strappata a sharp pull or tug]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
References in classic literature ?
The wheel, the gibbet, the strappado, kept good guard around the place of refuge, and lay in watch incessantly for their prey, like sharks around a vessel.
Durt upon durt, feare is beneath my shooe, Dreadlesse of rackes, strappados, or the sword, Ile stand as confident as Hercules, And with a frightless resolution, Rip up and launce our times impieties.