Definition of executioner
: one who executes; especially : one who puts to death
Recent Examples of executioner from the Web
The very people who are supposed to protect journalists have been their executioners.
Darnton’s account is based on a remembrance written by one of the executioners two decades after the killings, which rightfully gives the historian some pause about the accuracy of the story.
Then the entire workshop gathered round and staged a mock trial, complete with guards, a confessor, and a public executioner.
The state says releasing those details would jeopardize the confidentiality of executioners and would lead suppliers to stop providing the drugs if their names were made public.
Two hooded Hamas executioners manned the scaffolding.
Police cannot act as judge, jury and executioner on our streets.
One Mosul resident, who did not want to be named for fear of ISIS retaliation, said two men on motorbikes near his house gunned down notorious Islamic State executioner Abdul Aziz and two of his bodyguards.
Instead, prison officials typically recruit executioners who have...
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First Known Use of executioner
EXECUTIONER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of executioner for English Language Learners
: a person who performs executions : a person who executes people who have been sentenced to death
Legal Definition of executioner
: one who puts another to death in fulfillment of a judicial death sentence
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