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

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Over the past few years executioners and torturers from Latin America’s dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s have at last been brought to account, despite amnesty laws that were the price of democracy. The Economist, "Are amnesties in Latin America always a bad idea?," 29 June 2019 President Trump's Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, served as the executioner last December. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "California's plan to protect net neutrality will shield consumers from telecom bullies," 20 Apr. 2018 Yet in exposing private incidents, the public pushes itself into the position of pardoner or political executioner, taking that power away from the victims. WSJ, "Dissecting the College Scandal," 12 Feb. 2019 Some of the corrections officers have witnessed or overseen multiple executions and some have served as executioners themselves. Fox News, "Former corrections officers seek to block Missouri execution," 3 Aug. 2018 Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most prolific executioners. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Burmese man crucified in Saudi Arabia amid country's diplomatic dispute with Canada," 9 Aug. 2018 Until then, those who remain to face the executioner’s needle increasingly seem to be not the worst of the worst, but rather the sick and dying, the aged and infirm, the impoverished and the incompetent. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Cruelty of Executing the Sick and Elderly," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of executioner

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 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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