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The punishment of being legally killed

behead

verb

to cut off someone’s head, especially as a punishment

capital punishment

noun

the punishment of being legally killed

the chair

noun

the electric chair

crucifixion

noun

a method of killing someone by fastening them to a cross with nails or rope

the death penalty

noun

legal punishment by death, usually for a serious crime such as murder. Killing people officially is called capital punishment.

death row

noun

the part of a prison for criminals who are going to be executed (=legally killed)

death sentence

noun

a judge’s official statement ordering someone to be punished by death

death warrant

noun

an official document ordering someone to be punished by death

electric chair

noun

a chair to which someone is fastened and legally killed, especially in the US, by having a very strong electrical current passed through their body

execute

verb

to kill someone as a punishment for a crime

execution

noun

the act of killing a person as a punishment for a crime

executioner

noun

someone whose job is to execute criminals

gallows

noun

a wooden frame used for killing criminals by hanging them from it with a rope around their neck

gas chamber

noun

a building or room where officials kill prisoners by filling the air with poison gas

gibbet

noun

a tall wooden structure from which criminals were hanged in the past

guillotine

noun

a machine used in the past for cutting off someone’s head. It consisted of a heavy blade that slid down a tall wooden structure, cutting through their neck.

hanging

noun

a way of killing someone by putting a rope around their neck and letting them hang from it, usually as a punishment

hangman

noun

someone whose job is to kill people by hanging them

lethal injection

noun

a method of executing someone by using a needle to put a drug into their body

noose

noun

a piece of rope that is formed into a circle at one end, so that if you pull the other end the circle becomes smaller. A noose is used for killing someone by hanging them by the neck.

the noose

noun

the punishment of being killed by hanging

reprieve

verb

to officially decide not to kill someone who was going to be killed as a punishment

reprieve

noun

an official decision not to kill someone who was going to be killed as a punishment

scaffold

noun

a structure on which criminals were killed in the past by being hanged or beheaded

the stake

noun

a thick wooden pole that someone was tied to and burnt in the past as a punishment

the rope

an old way of referring to the punishment of hanging people as a way of killing them

facekini

a face mask worn on the beach in order to protect the face from the sun

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