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 One person or a small group of people don’t become a judge, jury and executioner of another person. Sean Gregory, Time, "Basketball Star Maya Moore Talks George Floyd, Protesting Police Violence and Drew Brees," 8 June 2020 Instead, the police took the role of judge, jury and executioner. NBC News, "Family of De'von Bailey sues Colorado Springs, claim excessive police force in teen's death," 14 Aug. 2019 President Trump has been privately praising Singapore, the small city-state once known as the world’s most active executioner per capita. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "Trump reportedly praised Singapore for executing drug dealers. Here’s how they’re killed.," 1 Mar. 2018 For some, including those Jews and Roma who had survived the Holocaust, the war’s end took power away from their persecutors and executioners. Anil Menon, The Conversation, "Postwar forced resettlement of Germans echoes through the decades," 7 May 2020 Exactly 371 years ago on a bitterly cold Jan. 30, 1649, the king stepped out of the Banqueting House in Central London onto a scaffold, where his executioner awaited with an ax. Fox News, "King’s stained execution vest tells grisly tale, set to go on display," 31 Jan. 2020 Many people jump to the conclusion that only psychopaths or sadists—individuals entirely different from us—could ever strap on a suicide vest or wield an executioner's sword. Stephen D. Reicher, Scientific American, "Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made," 25 Mar. 2016 At a checkpoint in Baghdad in March of 2010, Iraqi agents arrested Manaf al-Rawi, believed to be one of the executioners of an American contractor, Nick Berg, whose videotaped beheading was posted on the internet. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader Known for His Brutality, Is Dead at 48," 27 Oct. 2019 In Wong’s version, the executioners wear the blue uniforms of Hong Kong police, seen by many to be closer to Beijing than to the city’s own residents. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "Twelve works of art that chart the emotional upheavals of the Hong Kong protests," 31 Dec. 2019

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Legal Definition of executioner

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

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