lapidation

noun
lap·​i·​da·​tion
plural -s

Definition of lapidation

1 : the penalty of stoning to death adultery … would be punished by lapidation— Sir Richard Burton
2 : an act of pelting with stones

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History and Etymology for lapidation

Latin lapidation-, lapidatio action of stoning, from lapidatus + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Lapidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lapidation. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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