ex·​e·​cu·​tion·​er | \ ˌek-si-ˈkyü-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce executioner (audio) \

Definition of executioner

: one who executes especially : one who puts to death

Examples of executioner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Egypt tripled its annual rate of executions, becoming the world’s third most frequent executioner in 2020. Agnès Callamard, Time, 21 Apr. 2021 In a callback to Finn in The Force Awakens, one of the recruits refuses to play executioner, and Crosshair kills them without hesitation. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021 In the Book of Ezekiel, for instance, the cherubim help a divine executioner hurl down burning coal to destroy the city of Jerusalem. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2021 At 1 am, the unseen executioner released the pentobarbital into the long silicone lines. Caroline Lester, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 After China and excluding North Korea, Iran is the most prolific executioner with at least 246 people put to death last year, followed by Iraq and Saudi Arabia with at least 45 and 27 executions, respectively. Niall Mccarthy, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Yet Officer Stillman acted as judge, jury and executioner. Raul A. Reyes, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 The interim warden appointed to run the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein died was put in the position after serving as the executioner for at least five federal executions at the end of the Trump administration. NBC News, 9 Feb. 2021 Gastone Moschin as Manganiello, the professional bodyguard and executioner who has served the Mussolini cause since the early 1920s. Peter Cowie, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of executioner

1536, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executioner was in 1536

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12 Jun 2021

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“Executioner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executioner. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of executioner

: a person who performs executions : a person who executes people who have been sentenced to death


ex·​e·​cu·​tion·​er | \ ˌek-si-ˈkyü-shə-nər How to pronounce executioner (audio) \

Legal Definition of executioner

: one who puts another to death in fulfillment of a judicial death sentence


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