death sentence


: a sentence condemning a convicted defendant to death
: 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 The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday voted 7-0 against commuting Brewer's death sentence to a lesser penalty. CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 The first trial ended with a conviction and a death sentence, which was later overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2023 The possibility of a deal stirred emotions among the relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks — both those who envisioned a trial and death sentence and those who wanted a resolution that would not face the possibility of an appeal. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Brewer's lawyers had alleged that a prosecution expert, Richard Coons, falsely claimed Brewer would be a future danger — a legal finding needed to impose a death sentence. CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 But many here have fled airstrikes multiple times and say that going back is a death sentence. Yan Naing, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 Gascón blocked prosecutors from seeking the death sentence when he was elected. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Bundy avoided the death sentence by agreeing to testify against Clark as part of a plea deal. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 16 Oct. 2023 This can mean that being diagnosed with T1D — a disease that can be managed with proper care and treatment — becomes a death sentence. David Panzirer, STAT, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of death sentence was in 1655

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“Death sentence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition

death sentence

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