Definition of executioner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeksəˈkyo͞oSH(ə)nər/


An official who carries out a sentence of death on a legally condemned person.
Example sentences
  • It had been difficult to find an executioner to carry out the sentence.
  • It will also tell the story of Henry's brother Thomas, who was the longest serving of the Pierrepoint executioners and carried out around 300 hangings in 40 years.
  • He has repeatedly appealed to his supporters and voters not to offer any resistance and to continue to trust the state, its executioners and its prison wardens.

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Syllabification: ex·e·cu·tion·er

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