knee·​cap·​ping | \ ˈnē-ˌka-piŋ How to pronounce kneecapping (audio) \

Definition of kneecapping

: the act or practice of shooting or otherwise maiming or crippling a person's knees (as by gunshot)

Examples of kneecapping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump's lack of goodness is evidenced in his kneecapping and silencing of his critics, including in the media. S.e. Cupp Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "I'm voting for Biden to make America good again," 20 Aug. 2020 Most kneecapping of all, perhaps, is the knowledge that even the best novel is not a form of direct action. Jonathan Dee, New York Times, "An Epic Storm Turns a Summer Holiday Into Potent Allegory," 8 May 2020 College athletic directors are only important for their influence on coaches and fundraising, so in that way the kneecapping of Sheahon Zenger is only interesting for its impact on David Beaty and Kansas' stuck-in-the-mud football program. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger is fired, but the real loser is David Beaty | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of kneecapping

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Kneecapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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