ex·e·cu·tion·er | \ˌek-si-ˈkyü-sh(ə-)nər \

Definition of executioner 

: one who executes especially : one who puts to death

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Those were the days when Woods was an executioner in exercise clothing. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Back at the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods Struggles, Then Shrugs," 14 June 2018 For anyone who came of age in L.A. music in the early 2000s, Cardamone and the Icarus Line were the judge, jury and executioner for the rock and roll life here. August Brown, latimes.com, "Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line finds faith in music after a string of tragedies," 20 June 2018 And each of us is our own judge, jury and executioner. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Highlights From Three Decades Of PGA Tour Drama In Cromwell," 17 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter From executioner to executive Born in the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, Mr Sinwar became an early member of Hamas and helped to create its secret police. The Economist, "The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine," 26 May 2018 Using either phone, Kitzhaber could immediately stop the executioners. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018 Martin McDonagh finds cruel imbalance in the scales of justice in this savage black comedy starring Mark Addy as a British executioner who keeps a noose handy even after capital punishment is abolished. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hangmen': Theater Review," 6 Feb. 2018 Michael Bradley, who no more than a year ago was the hero at the Estadio Azteca, turned into the executioner of his team’s fate by missing the last penalty kick, sending the ball -and all of MLS’s hopes- into the abyss of disappointment. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid upend Bayern, Liverpool rout Roma and the best of the week in soccer," 26 Apr. 2018 An executioner climbed a ladder behind the post, put the noose around the man’s neck and tightened the rope. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Thirty-two frightening snapshots of a hanging. And no one knew who the victims were – until now.," 9 Feb. 2018

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1536, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Legal Definition of executioner 

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

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