knee·​cap·​ping ˈnē-ˌka-piŋ How to pronounce kneecapping (audio)
plural kneecappings
: the act or practice of shooting or otherwise maiming or disabling a person's knees (as by gunshot)

Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kneecapping was in 1973

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“Kneecapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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