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capital punishment

noun

Simple Definition of capital punishment

  • : punishment by death : the practice of killing people as punishment for serious crimes

Full Definition of capital punishment

  1. :  punishment by death :  the practice of killing people as punishment for serious crimes <an opponent of capital punishment>

Word by Word Definitions

capitalplay
  1. :  the uppermost member of a column or pilaster crowning the shaft and taking the weight of the entablature — see column illustration

  1. :  of or conforming to the series A, B, C, etc. rather than a, b, c, etc.

    :  punishable by death

    :  involving execution

  1. :  a stock of accumulated goods especially at a specified time and in contrast to income received during a specified period

    :  the value of these accumulated goods

    :  accumulated goods devoted to the production of other goods

punishmentplay
  1. :  the act of punishing

    :  suffering, pain, or loss that serves as retribution

    :  a penalty inflicted on an offender through judicial procedure


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