be put to death


: to be killed at a scheduled time by someone who is legally allowed to do so
a serial killer who was put to death for the murder of 28 people
The dog that attacked the children was later put to death.

Examples of be put to death in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a race against the clock, Melissa must find out if an innocent man is going to be put to death for a crime her father committed. Joe Otterson, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 Melissa must find out if an innocent man is going to be put to death for a crime her father committed, while also discovering the impact her father had on his victims’ families and facing a reckoning with her own identity. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 Kenneth Eugene Smith is scheduled to be the first person in the United States to be put to death with nitrogen gas. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2024 Wednesday, the high court once again ruled that Smith could be put to death, this time via nitrogen gas, which his attorneys have argued could leave Smith potentially braindead or with severe physical injuries if the process is unsuccessful. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2024 In some places and time periods, however, men could be put to death for doing so. Paul Bloom, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2023 Mark Kelly Kenneth Eugene Smith may soon be put to death for the 1988 murder-for-hire of 45-year-old Elizabeth Sennett. Stuart A. Creque, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2023 Most recently Trump suggested that former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley deserves to be put to death. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Under the Hawaiian kingdom’s traditional kapu system, women could be put to death for eating at the same table as men. Mindy Pennybacker, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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“Be put to death.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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