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.
First Known Use of death sentence
DEATH SENTENCE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Learn More about death sentence
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up death sentence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).