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- 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)
The first is of Islamic origin, and has Jamal al-din Afghani and his disciples as precursors, like the puritan Muhammad Abduh, up to the founder of Muslim Brotherhood Hasan al-Bana, whose grandson, Tarek Ramadan, a Muslim born in Europe and with European "education", is continuing with his ambiguous messages, willing to introduce debate about lapidation also in Europe.
Simply watch his programme on Iranian-funded PRESS-TV and note that he is in favour of "a moratorium on stoning" because he feels that Islamic "scholars" should consider every aspect of whether or not capital punishment by lapidation is cool these days or not.
Bochart (Hierozoicon ii. 854) notices the Avium Avis Ruch and taking the pulli was followed by lapidation on the part of the parent bird.
But the French text, which is the more fundamental, refers to lapidation, that is, stoning, not "beating."
We're hearing references to lapidation in the chatter.
Adultery, if detected, would be punished by lapidation according to the rigour of the Koranic law33; and simple immorality by religious stripes, or, if of repeated occurrence, by expulsion from the city.
This custom of lapidation, in token of hate, is an ancient practice, still common in the East.
At all other seasons it is almost deserted, in consequence, says popular superstition, of the Rajm or (diabolical) lapidation. 8 Distant about three miles from Meccah, it is
This lapidation has sometimes been doubted, and treated as an invention of Rousseau's morbid suspicion.
St. Peter, and distributes alms to the poor: on the second are his preaching and justification before the high priest: in the third his lapidation.