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 China is the world's top executioner, according to Amnesty International, sentencing thousands to death every year. Reuters, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Among those other means is Harry Wade (David Threlfall), the country’s second most famous executioner. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The videos shocked the world as the executioner -- later named as Mohammed Emwazi -- demanded the U.S. cease military strikes against ISIS. Byjames Gordon Meek, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2022 But McDonagh's dark humor is back with this biting comedy about Britain's second-most famous executioner and his crisis of conscience when hanging is abolished. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 3 Mar. 2022 The commission has been empowered to act as its own prosecutor, judge, jury, executioner and beneficiary. WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 After a two-year pandemic delay, the Three Billboards auteur brings his Olivier-winning executioner's tale to Broadway with a new lead, Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 22 Apr. 2022 The death of free Hong Kong was planned in Beijing, but Carrie Lam will go down in history as its chief executioner. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2022 That concept, that DCS is effectively a judge, jury and executioner in a registry referral, is being challenged in a separate case before the appeals court. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of executioner

1536, in the meaning defined above

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“Executioner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executioner. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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