death sentence

noun

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.

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For a provocateur, a person more interested in attention-grabbing than serious intellectual work, that’s a death sentence. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Death of a provocateur," 30 Nov. 2018 While separate federal courts have ruled in favor of a retrial for Van Hook, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence in 2009. Andrew Welsh-huggins, Fox News, "Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar," 17 July 2018 While separate federal courts have ruled in favor of a retrial for Van Hook, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence in 2009. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar," 16 July 2018 Immunotherapy has become a new paradigm of cancer treatment, making long-term survivors out of many patients whose cancers previously meant a death sentence. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Immunotherapy defeats a breast cancer that had defied other treatments," 5 June 2018 And, simultaneously, because our groups have historically been so essential to keeping us alive, getting tossed out of them was often a death sentence for us. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters," 6 Dec. 2018 An ovarian cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Is the 5-Year Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer So Low?," 21 Nov. 2018 But the swiftness of trials—and death sentences—has shocked human-rights groups like Amnesty International. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Lawyers challenging the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seeking recordings of law enforcement interviews with a triple-homicide suspect who was killed in a 2013 confrontation with authorities. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawyers for Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev want the Todashev tapes," 5 July 2018

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1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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death sentence

noun

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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