Definition of capital punishment in English:

capital punishment

Syllabification: cap·i·tal pun·ish·ment

noun

The legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime.
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  • The fact that the International Covenant sanctions capital punishment must be seen in this context.
  • That cost is not difficult to justify where capital punishment is the penalty for first-degree murder.
  • The punishment was capital punishment and all of this was done to teach them a lesson.

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