death warrant

noun

Definition of death warrant

1 : a warrant for the execution of a death sentence

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Power, when a death warrant comes due at Holeman Prison, over who dies. al, "We didn’t need blackface to know who Kay Ivey is. She already showed us," 29 Aug. 2019 Last week, the state tried to carry out its death warrant against Doyle Hamm, a 61-year-old inmate suffering from terminal lymphoma. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Cruelty of Executing the Sick and Elderly," 27 Feb. 2018 The construction that some business owners decry as a death warrant began in 2016, designed to revitalize the entire stretch of Van Ness from Mission Street downtown to Lombard Street in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "City says it’s back on track with long-delayed Van Ness transit project," 18 Aug. 2019 Toughening emissions and fuel economy standards had signed the Wankel's death warrant. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 After Liberation, Yi unwittingly signed his death warrant by defecting to North Korea, aiming to escape American occupation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Search for Self in an Ideological Age," 3 Aug. 2018 The king of Siam even issued their death warrants before forgetting about them, leaving them to grow up as healthy, active boys on the Mekong River. Candice Millard, New York Times, "Who Were the Original Siamese Twins?," 1 June 2018 Mr Kim, who knows as much about leverage as Mr Trump, is highly unlikely to give up his several dozen nuclear devices, since that would be to sign his death warrant. The Economist, "Why Donald Trump is unlikely to start a catastrophic conflict," 28 Mar. 2018 Toughening emissions and fuel economy standards had signed the Wankel's death warrant. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019

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1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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death warrant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of death warrant

: an official document ordering a person to be killed as a punishment

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see warrant

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