death sentence

noun
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

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

  1. She received a death sentence for the murders.

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First Known Use of death sentence

1655

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DEATH SENTENCE Defined for English Language Learners

death sentence

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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