Definitions

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  • n. A form of execution used in China from roughly 900 to 1905 CE, the "death by a thousand cuts", in which the condemned was killed by methodical removal of body parts with a knife.

Etymologies

from Mandarin Chinese: trad. 凌遲, simpl. 凌迟 (pinyin: língchí), alternately transliterated ling chi or leng t'che. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman hinted Thursday that looming state budget woes could spell painful cuts for the school, a prospect he compared to "lingchi," a form of Chinese torture known as "death from a thousand cuts."

    The Seattle Times

  • - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman hinted Thursday that looming state budget woes could spell painful cuts for the school, a prospect he compared to "lingchi," a form of Chinese torture known as "death from a thousand cuts."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

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