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verb (used with object), lan·ci·nat·ed, lan·ci·nat·ing.
  1. to stab or pierce.
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Origin of lancinate

1595–1605; < Latin lancinātus past participle of lancināre to tear to pieces, akin to lanius butcher, lacer torn; see -ate1
Related formslan·ci·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lancinate


  1. (esp of pain) sharp or cutting
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Derived Formslancination, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin lancinātus pierced, rent; related to lacer mangled
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