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  • The greater part of the sovereigns of Asia were, and still are, cousins german of the sun and the moon; their subjects dare not make any pretension to such high affinity; and many a provincial governor, who styles himself “nutmeg of consolation” and “rose of delight” would be empaled alive if he were to claim the slightest relationship to the sun and moon.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Upon which some mutes, who had attended the abbé, entered and took off his shoes, letting poor Candide know, by signs, that he must submit to this piece of humiliation, or else expect to be empaled.


  • The first who would excite a tumult is empaled; and all is tranquil.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • If any one at present was to announce in Constantinople that he was favored by the angel Raphael, who is superior to Gabriel in dignity, and that he alone was to be believed, he would be publicly empaled.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Constantinople, and several of their friends empaled.


  • He had scarcely pronounced these words before he was empaled; nevertheless, he had been all along in the right.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Had he seen in his dreams an infernal bull bearing a matador empaled upon his horns of red-hot steel?

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • By climbing over it, he would risk being empaled on the iron spikes, or otherwise injured.

    The Silver Lining A Guernsey Story

  • He concluded by asserting emphatically that if it had not been for his foresight in providing himself with field-glasses, the steer would have been running over the flat with Aunt Lizzie empaled on its horns like a naturalist's butterfly, before any one could have prevented it.

    The Dude Wrangler

  • There at least he would be safe from the hard, inquisitive eyes which empaled him.

    The Fur Bringers A Story of the Canadian Northwest


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