Definition of Impalement

1. Noun. The act of piercing with a sharpened stake as a form of punishment or torture.

Generic synonyms: Cruelty, Inhuman Treatment
Derivative terms: Impale, Impale

Definition of Impalement

1. n. The act of impaling, or the state of being impaled.

Definition of Impalement

1. Noun. The act of torturing or executing someone by impaling them on a sharp stake. ¹

2. Noun. The joining of two coats of arms on one shield. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Impalement

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Medical Definition of Impalement

1. 1. The act of impaling, or the state of being impaled. 2. An inclosing by stakes or pales, or the space so inclosed. 3. That which hedges in; inclosure. 4. The division of a shield palewise, or by a vertical line, especially. For the purpose of putting side by side the arms of husband and wife. See Impale. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Impalement

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1. English Heraldry by Charles Boutell (1867)
"... —impalement— Escutcheon of Pretence—Marshalling the Arms of Widower-s-, Widows and others ; Official Arms ; and, the Accessories of Shields. ..."

2. Catalogue of Sculpture, Paintings, Engravings, and Other Works of Art by William Henry Overall (1868)
"Chessell, with an impalement. Cleaver, with two quarterings, imp. Fleetwood. Cobham, imp. Nevil. ... Garway, with an impalement. Gunman, with an impalement. ..."

3. An Historical Sketch of the Greek Revolution by Samuel Gridley Howe (1828)
"... stakes driven through the whole length of their bodies, still alive perhaps, and writhing with all the horrid pangs of impalement; he who has seen this, ..."

4. The Manuscripts of the Earl Cowper, K. G.: Preserved at Melbourne Hall by John Coke, Thomas Coke, Francis Thomas De Grey Cowper Cowper, William Dashwood Fane (1888)
"The'-Yeomen of the — Guard have their piece to stand and watch in the impalement of the Scotch Camp seated on a hill in an open and wide country free from ..."

5. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1860)
"impalement, a barbarous mode of execution by thrusting a stake through the victim's body and leaving him to perish. It was known to the Romans, ..."

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