Empalement

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Empalement A fencing, inclosing, or fortifying with stakes.
    • Empalement A putting to death by thrusting a sharpened stake through the body.
    • Empalement (Her) Same as Impalement.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. empalement, fr. empaler,. See Empale

Usage

In literature:

When any one is condemned to die, he is either trodden to death by elephants, or empaled.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII." by Robert Kerr
One of them was empalement.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
When the stamina and petal fall, the empalement resembles a fungus, and nearly in shape a Scot's bonnet.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
By climbing over it, he would risk being empaled on the iron spikes, or otherwise injured.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
This, however, has been forbidden since an English hunter fell into a trap and was empaled upon them.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
Empaled: Sa, 2 lions passant arg.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
I thought that I should once have been empaled alive on account of a griffin.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
The first who would excite a tumult is empaled; and all is tranquil.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The tears have not dried for those killed and empaled an stakes; and now look!
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
He held that with its tusk the Whale empaled the fish and then swallowed it.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In poetry:

Far from ye all--oh, dead, bewailed!
The fog-bell deafens me empaled
Upon this rock--I feel enjailed--
Though free.
"The Exile’s Desire" by Victor Marie Hugo