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death cell Line breaks: death cell

Definition of death cell in English:


A cell occupied by a prisoner who has been condemned to death or who awaits execution.
Example sentences
  • Everyone is familiar with Cruikshank's great illustration of the prisoner in his death cell, ‘the night before he was stretched’.
  • The Bentley family's doomed struggle for a reprieve is powerfully reconstructed, as are Bentley's last days in his death cell.
  • In the Atkins trial, Scalia noted, the jury had been given testimony on the murderer's mental capacity but had regarded it as insufficient in detaining the defendant from the death cell.
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