American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Variant of impale.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- etc. See impale, etc.
- To cause to grow pale.
- v. Obsolete form of impale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To make pale.
- v. To fence or fortify with stakes; to surround with a line of stakes for defense; to impale.
- v. To inclose; to surround. See Impale.
- v. To put to death by thrusting a sharpened stake through the body.
- v. (Her.) Same as Impale.
- v. pierce with a sharp stake or point
“So was the mystery of iniquity consummated; for whereas the pope, to secure his new acquisitions, endeavoured to empale the title and privileges of the catholic church unto those Christians which professed obedience unto himself, unto an exclusion of a greater number, there ensued such a confusion of the catholic and a particular church, as that both of them were almost utterly lost.”
“They empale their prey on locust thorns and on the spines of other trees and bushes; and I have known a barbed-wire fence to be decorated with the remains of their victims.”
“Well, it wasn't right for her to say it," said Anne, promptly deciding upon which horn of this dilemma to empale herself.”
“The commission to Moses, "to extirpate the Canaanitish tribes," has been the universal war-cry of the dominant party in the Church to burn and empale heretics.”
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