Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by a sensation of cutting, piercing, or stabbing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Piercing; seeming to pierce or stab.

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  • verb Present participle of lancinate.
  • adjective especially of pain Sharp, stabbing or piercing.

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  • adjective painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From lancinate, to stab, from Latin lancināre, lancināt-, to lacerate.]

Examples

  • The severe pain is described as lancinating, cutting, tearing, burning, boring and pressing.

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  • It's that lancinating nerve pain that's often caused by trauma or some sort of injury or surgery.

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  • It's that lancinating nerve pain that's often caused by trauma or some sort of injury or surgery.

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  • It's that lancinating nerve pain that's often caused by trauma or some sort of injury or surgery.

    CNN Transcript Jun 17, 2009

  • This particular doctor is a fancy Park Ave ID guy who had lots of patients with country homes, and so he listened to my story about the myoclonus and the lancinating pains and immediately diagnosed Lyme.

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  • We have severe, lancinating, burning pain, that the strongest drugs in the world have a hard time treating.

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  • There were crisp husks of beechmast and cast acorn cups underfoot in the russet slime of dead bracken where the rains of the equinox had so soaked the earth that the cold oozed up through the soles of the shoes, lancinating cold of the approaching winter that grips hold of your belly and squeezed it tight.

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  • There were crisp husks of beechmast and cast acorn cups underfoot in the russet slime of dead bracken where the rains of the equinox had so soaked the earth that the cold oozed up through the soles of the shoes, lancinating cold of the approaching winter that grips hold of your belly and squeezed it tight.

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  • By the time he reached home he was conscious of feeling very ill: he had lancinating pains in his limbs, a chill down his spine, an outrageous temperature.

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  • Parallax stalks behind and goads them, the lancinating lightnings of whose brow are scorpions.

    Ulysses

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  • "But a lancinating agony gnaws at my vitals." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010