death sentence


Definition of death sentence

1 : a sentence condemning a convicted defendant to death
2 : an affliction or a situation that is considered to be fatal also : a prognosis of death

Examples of death sentence in a Sentence

She received a death sentence for the murders.
Recent Examples on the Web Entering the ultimate prison walls associated with the horizon implies a death sentence, with no opportunity for sharing the experience with the outside world. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, "Black Hole Are Finally Trending," 7 Nov. 2020 Before the discovery of an antibiotic that treated and cured tuberculosis, a diagnosis of the disease was more or less a death sentence. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football announces blackout with video at haunted Waverly Hills Sanatorium," 29 Oct. 2020 YouTube Music was announced in 2018, and the death sentence for Google Play Music was also quickly announced. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "RIP Google Play Music, 2011 – 2020," 28 Oct. 2020 In addition to having laws against sorcery (a crime that carries a death sentence), Saudi Arabia established an anti-witchcraft unit in 2009 within the country’s religious police department. Joseph Prezioso, National Geographic, "Witch hunt tourism is lucrative. It also obscures a tragic history," 23 Oct. 2020 An article on Thursday about Quentin State Prison in California being ordered to release or move half of its prisoners because of the pandemic described incorrectly the crime for which Isauro Aguirre received a death sentence. New York Times, "Corrections: Oct. 23, 2020," 22 Oct. 2020 The ruling would allow prosecutors to seek another death sentence at a new penalty trial. Bob Egelko,, "California Supreme Court says Scott Peterson’s murder convictions must be re-examined," 15 Oct. 2020 Only one death sentence passed by Sharia courts has been carried out, according to Human Rights Watch. Eoin Mcsweeney And Stephanie Busari, CNN, "The WhatsApp voice note that led to a death sentence," 29 Sep. 2020 Johnson, who tested positive for the virus at the beginning of the month, said Wisconsinites have to understand that contracting the virus isn't a death sentence. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Wisconsin coronavirus surge continues, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson claims 'we've flattened the curve,' says virus isn't a death sentence," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of death sentence

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2020

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“Death sentence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of death sentence

: the decision by a court of law that the punishment for someone's crime will be death
: something (such as a disease) that is sure to cause death
: an act or event that ends something permanently

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Legal Definition of death sentence

see sentence

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