Definition of executioner in English:


Line breaks: exe|cu¦tion¦er
Pronunciation: /ɛksɪˈkjuːʃ(ə)nə


  • An official who carries out a sentence of death on a condemned person.
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    • 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.
    hangman, official killer; firing squad
    historical headsman, Jack Ketch

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