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n.1.A fencing, inclosing, or fortifying with stakes.
2.A putting to death by thrusting a sharpened stake through the body.
3.(Her.) Same as Impalement.
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Even more critical, and receiving greater development in the course of the epic, is the dishonorable treatment of enemy combatants (eg, the eyewitness Ercilla--"yo presente"--describes in detail how the Spanish commander cuts off Galvarino's hands before releasing him [227]; in an even more excruciatingly detailed passage, he tells of the torture and murder of Caupolican by empalement, an abuse that the narrator says he would have stopped if had been there [339]).