the stake


: a post that a person was tied to and burned on in the past as a form of punishment
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

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Recent Examples on the Web Seeing somebody get burned at the stake sucks you in in a way that nothing else does. David Marchese David Marchesephotograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023

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“The stake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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