death warrant

noun

Definition of death warrant 

1 : a warrant for the execution of a death sentence

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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 Dozier’s death warrant, issued on June 19, is valid through the end of this week. David Montero, latimes.com, "Nevada execution halted after drug company sues to stop it," 11 July 2018 To be a Republican running for reelection now is to know that there are four words that signal an immediate death warrant: Endorsed. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Never Been Easier to Be a Felon Running for Congress," 23 June 2018 The journey to the U.S. is treacherous and life-threatening — turning away migrants on the border is often akin to signing someone’s death warrant. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "It's Not OK to Appropriate Mexican Culture — Especially If You’re Dehumanizing Its People," 28 June 2018 State law requires that the court issue a death warrant within 10 days of greenlighting the execution date. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutors ask to push back death date for Texas 7 escapee, citing clerical error," 27 June 2018 Later in the evening, plans to execute Hamm, 61, were set in motion before his death warrant expired at midnight. Matthew Haag, Anchorage Daily News, "On execution day, 3 killers in different states meet different fates," 23 Feb. 2018 Later in the evening, plans to execute Mr. Hamm, 61, were set in motion before his death warrant expired at midnight. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "On Execution Day, Three Killers in Different States Meet Different Fates," 23 Feb. 2018 The death warrant was signed by a judge on June 19. David Montero, latimes.com, "Nevada plans to execute inmate next week using controversial paralytic drug," 4 July 2018

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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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