gar·​rote | \ gə-ˈrät How to pronounce garrote (audio) , -ˈrōt How to pronounce garrote (audio) ; ˈger-ət, ˈga-rət How to pronounce garrote (audio) \
variants: or garotte

Definition of garrote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a method of execution by strangulation
b : the apparatus used
2 : an implement (such as a wire with a handle at each end) for strangulation


variants: or garotte
garroted or garotted; garroting or garotting

Definition of garrote (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strangle with or as if with a garrote

Other Words from garrote


garroter noun

Synonyms for garrote

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of garrote in a Sentence

Verb the goons sent by the loan shark threatened to garrote the hero with his own necktie
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Later that morning JonBenét's body, beaten and strangled with a garrote around her neck and duct tape covering her mouth, was found in the basement of the family's Tudor brick home. Jeff Truesdell,, 22 Dec. 2021 Later that morning, JonBenét’s body, beaten and strangled with a garrote around her neck and duct tape covering her mouth, was found in the basement of the family’s Tudor brick home. Robyn Merrett,, 29 July 2019 In Sun’s bedroom, authorities found a military-style ballistic vest, a crossbow with scope and light, 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a military ski mask, an ammunition clip loader, and a strangulation apparatus called a garrote. Erin Mccarthy,, 6 June 2018 That garrote was similar to one found wrapped around Erin's neck. Paul Larosa, CBS News, 12 June 2018 State patrol records say the inmate was found unresponsive with a garrote around his neck, and the death is being treated as a homicide. Fox News, 26 Apr. 2018 An organizer of the event pointed out the spot where Salvador Puig Antich, the last of many who opposed the regime to be executed here, was killed with the use of a garrote in 1974. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, 13 Apr. 2018 Farley thinks the sinew tied around Lindow Man’s neck could as easily be a necklace as a garrote. Christian Als, Smithsonian, 29 May 2017 Laura and Colin Rideout were convicted of strangling the victim with a homemade garrote, disfiguring his face with acid and dumping the body in a field, with Alexander Rideout participating in the cover-up. USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That means the Senate's only practical effect is adding another point at which oligarch lobbyists can garrote popular policy. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 29 Oct. 2021 Tony, unhindered by any sense of moral anguish, garrotes the man in broad daylight with a length of cable. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, 16 Sep. 2019 Sometimes the line between good writing and bad writing can be as thin as the piano wire with which a madman garrotes his victims. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, 15 Aug. 2017 Last year, he was garroted by saw briars—the vicious inch-long thorns that lace the course—which left bleeding gashes across his neck. George Pendle, Esquire, 26 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of garrote


1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garrote


Spanish garrote

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23 Aug 2022

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“Garrote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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