impalement


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im·pale

(ĭm-pāl′) also em·pale (ĕm-)
tr.v. im·paled, im·pal·ing, im·pales also em·paled or em·pal·ing or em·pales
1. To pierce with a sharp stake or point.
2. To torture or kill by impaling.

[Medieval Latin impālāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin pālus, stake; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

im·pale′ment n.
im·pal′er n.
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Noun1.impalement - the act of piercing with a sharpened stake as a form of punishment or torture
cruelty, inhuman treatment - a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
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