Why was clemency trending last week?
1540s, from French inciser (15c.), from Old French enciser (12c.), from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere "to cut into, cut through" (see incision). Related: Incised; incising.
incise in·cise (ĭn-sīz')v. in·cised, in·cis·ing, in·cis·es To cut into with a sharp instrument.