From Late Latin abacinātus, perfect passive participle of abacinō; possibly formed from ab (“off”) + bacīnum (“a basin”) or bacīnus. Probably cognate with modern Italian abbacinare (“to dazzle”).
abacinate (third-person singular simple present abacinates, present participle abacinating, simple past and past participle abacinated)
- (transitive, rare) To blind by holding a red-hot metal rod or plate before the eyes
- 1905, James M. Ludlow, Sir Raoul, page 233:
- "You young scapegrace," said Dandolo, "I will myself abacinate you — in the Venetian way." "How's that?" "Blind your eyes with the glare, not of hot irons, but of new ducats. Count your pile."
- 1945, Robert Hardy Andrews, Burning Gold, page 196:
- Their straining eyes abacinated by the cup of terror, their throats stopped, their powers dead within them, they hung breathless, motionless.
- 1999, Srinivas Aravamudan, Tropicopolitans, ISBN 082232315X, page 220:
- This chiasmic image of the subject's imperviousness suggests a sensory deprivation beyond sublimity, like that of abacinated anti-epistemology.
Last modified on 26 August 2013, at 20:54
- first-person plural present active imperative of abacinō