death sentence

noun

Definition of death sentence

  1. 1 :  a sentence condemning a convicted defendant to death

  2. 2 :  an affliction or a situation that is considered to be fatal; also :  a prognosis of death

Examples of death sentence in a Sentence

  1. She received a death sentence for the murders.

First Known Use of death sentence

1655


DEATH SENTENCE Defined for English Language Learners

death sentence

noun

Definition of death sentence for English Language Learners

  • : 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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