verb (used with object), lap·i·dat·ed, lap·i·dat·ing.

  1. to pelt with stones.
  2. to stone to death.

verb (tr) literary

  1. to pelt with stones
  2. to kill by stoning

n.“stoning to death,” 1610s, from Latin lapidationem (nominative lapidatio), noun of action from past participle stem of lapidare “to throw stones at,” from the stem of lapis “stone.”

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