- (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.
to blind by holding a red-hot metal rod or plate before the eyes