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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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 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

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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 \

Legal Definition of executioner 

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

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