- to stab or pierce.
Origin of lancinate
1595–1605; < Latin lancinātus past participle of lancināre to tear to pieces, akin to lanius butcher, lacer torn; see -ate1
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Related Wordsaciculate, acuminate, acute, barbed, cuspate, cuspidate, fine, gnawing, jagged, keen, peaked, piercing, pointed, pointy, prickly, salient, serrated, shooting, stabbing, tapering
Examples from the Web for lancinating
Perhaps never before, only once in any case, did I experience an excitement so lancinating as I experienced that day.Memoirs of My Dead Life
The whole mamma was large and hard, and the seat of lancinating pain.
Pains of a lancinating character, extended over the head and neck, producing sickness and want of sleep.
Lancinating pains continually tormented the patient; especially on attempting to masticate.
Finally, there may be severe local burning or lancinating pains, particularly after meals.
- (esp of pain) sharp or cutting
C17: from Latin lancinātus pierced, rent; related to lacer mangled
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- Characterized by a sensation of cutting, piercing, or stabbing.
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