from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of or an act of stoning, sometimes to the point of death, as punishment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stoning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of throwing stones at a person or of striking a person with stones; punishment or execution by stoning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of pelting with stones; punishment inflicted by throwing stones at the victim (even unto death)


From Latin lapis ("stone") (Wiktionary)



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  • Particularly since it sounds like the opposite of delapidated, which is a negative word. Unfortunately, the two words are roughly opposites, the one being stones falling apart and the other being stones coming together.

    August 26, 2008

  • This word sounds more friendly than it is.

    August 26, 2008