death warrant

noun

Definition of death warrant

1 : a warrant for the execution of a death sentence

Examples of death warrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Michael signing the death warrant for the ne’er-do-well who tried to blackmail him is basically pulling the trigger himself. Scott Tobias, Vulture, "Your Honor Recap: Into the Abyss," 10 Jan. 2021 The drama began in November, when Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s government signed the death warrant for the country’s 17 million mink—three times the human population. James Hookway, WSJ, "Denmark to Dig Up Millions of Dead Mink After Botched Covid-19 Cull," 21 Dec. 2020 Following months of rumors suggesting that Samsung is going to do away with the original phablet phone, the company today may have signed the Note’s death warrant as president TM Roh outlined the company’s plans for 2021. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung all but confirms the Note 20 will be the last Galaxy Note ever," 15 Dec. 2020 From the decision to seek the death penalty to the signature on the death warrant, decisions are made by people propelled by their own motivations, some sincere, some conniving and opportunistic. Star Tribune, "A transition killing spree," 10 Dec. 2020 That last statement sealed his political death warrant. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Rare Sight of a Political Reckoning," 30 Oct. 2020 To that, Scarborough spun it as America’s death warrant. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Liberal Media Scream: Scarborough charges Meadows ‘doesn’t care if you live or die’," 26 Oct. 2020 By skipping the next presidential debate, the president is signing his own death warrant. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "A Petulant Trump Squanders His Best Chance for a Breakthrough," 8 Oct. 2020 But Nero temporized, effectively signing his own death warrant. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New, Nicer Nero," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of death warrant

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of death warrant was in 1692

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24 Jan 2021

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“Death warrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20warrant. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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Legal Definition of death warrant

— see warrant

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