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Definition of death house in English:

noun

1A house in which someone has died.
Example sentences
  • He has managed to market seventy pieces from the balcony, every plank inscribed ‘from the death house of Franz Kafka.’
  • Mummy and I didn't want to go down to the death-house too soon, because the aunts were in such deep mourning, always deeper in Ireland than anywhere else.
1.1A place for storing bodies prior to burial or cremation.
Example sentences
  • I've sat in the death house with victims' families, seen them suffer.
  • He was left for dead in a hut known by the PoWs as the death house, but fellow prisoners nursed him to health.
1.2US informal The building in which prisoners are kept in preparation for execution.
Example sentences
  • Officials said they moved the prisoner to a bare cell in the windowless death house on the prison grounds yesterday, confirming it with a video released to news media.
  • And Terre Haute Federal Prison and its death house in rural Indiana hardly make for a modern-day Calvary or Golgotha.
  • On January 12, two prison matrons escorted her quickly into the death house and strapped her, sobbing, into the large wooden chair.

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