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From Mandarin 凌遲凌迟 (língchí).


lingchi (uncountable)

  1. A form of execution used in China from roughly 900 to 1905 CE, the "death by a thousand cuts", in which the condemned was killed by methodical removal of body parts with a knife.
    • 2007 July 25, Roberta Smith, “Figures Moving as if in a Trance Across an Isolated, Lawless Island”, in New York Times[1]:
      The face of the dying man in the lingchi video monotonously evokes Maria Falconetti in Carl Theodor Dreyer ’s 1928 “Passion of Joan of Arc.”