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 Ba’ste (1 syl.).Bastina’do. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ba’stille
 
means simply a building (French, bastir, now bâtir, to build). Charles V. built it as a royal château; Philippe-Auguste enclosed it with a high wall; St. Louis administered justice in the park, under the oak-trees; Philippe de Valois demolished the old château and commenced a new one; Louis XI. first used it as a state prison; and it was demolished by the rabble in the French Revolution, July 14th, 1789.   1
 


 Ba’ste (1 syl.).Bastina’do. 

 
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