- 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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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
- Characterized by a sensation of cutting, piercing, or stabbing.