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- (transitive, law) To throw stones or other objects at, as punishment, sometimes until death.
1932 February 1, “Jiggs & Maggie”, in Time Magazine:
- the host (in tailcoat, grey cravat, purple vest) is lapidated by his wife while he loudly cries: "Maggie—please save a cup fer coffee in the morning."
2003 August 17, Daily Times:
- On August 27, 2002, a Nigerian court ordered the mother of a newborn child, Amina Lawal, to be publicly lapidated for adultery.
- (transitive, figuratively) To hurl insults at.
1959 January 26, “Top of the Week”, in Time Magazine:
- The hour-long (and far too slow-paced) show: Malice in Wonderland, by lampooning, lapidating S. J. Perelman, veteran of movie-writing stints
- (throw stones until death): stone