Definition of cruel and unusual punishment in English:

cruel and unusual punishment

A category of excessively severe punishment banned under the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution (and originally under the English Bill of Rights): this is an important case that confronts the issue of what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment
More example sentences
  • He was freed in October, after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled his sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.
  • They just don't care if someone is wrongly accused, and they could not care less about torture or cruel and unusual punishment.
  • They want to stay and control the country and its resources, even if our military is subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
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