from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun obsolete The act of stoning.

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

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


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From Latin lapis ("stone")



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  • This word sounds more friendly than it is.

    August 26, 2008

  • 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