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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.
- 1986, Jeff Hanneman (lyrics and music), “Angel of Death”, in Reign in Blood, performed by Slayer:
- Abacinate, eyes that bleed, praying for the end of your wide awake nightmare.