Definition of executioner
: one who executes; especially : one who puts to death
Recent Examples of executioner from the Web
Two hooded Hamas executioners manned the scaffolding.
Lawmen play judge, jury, and executioner, and small-town folk keep to themselves, trying to get by while defending against invading gangs (just replace men on horseback with men on motor bikes).
Sarat: Executioners can have difficulty finding the vein because often inmates on death row have been intravenous drug users, and their veins are collapsed.
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First Known Use of executioner
EXECUTIONER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of executioner for English Language Learners
: a person who performs executions : a person who executes people who have been sentenced to death
Legal Definition of executioner
: one who puts another to death in fulfillment of a judicial death sentence
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