- to pelt with stones.
- to stone to death.
Origin of lapidate
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Examples from the Web for lapidation
"Lapidation" is good; it is much more elegant than "stoning."A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
By the way they passed a sward of green, on which sundry little boys were engaged upon the lapidation of a lame duck.The Caxtons, Complete
By the way they passed a sward of green, on which sundry little boys were engaged upon the lapidation, or stoning, of a lame duck.
- to pelt with stones
- to kill by stoning
C17: from Latin lapidāre, from lapis stone
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Word Origin and History for lapidation
"stoning to death," 1610s, from Latin lapidationem (nominative lapidatio), noun of action from past participle stem of lapidare "to throw stones at," from the stem of lapis "stone."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper