gibbet

noun
gib·bet | \ ˈji-bət \

Definition of gibbet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : an upright post with a projecting arm for hanging the bodies of executed criminals as a warning

gibbet

verb
gibbeted; gibbeting; gibbets

Definition of gibbet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to expose to infamy or public scorn

b : to hang on a gibbet

2 : to execute by hanging on a gibbet

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Over 1,000 angry citizens rampaged the city; within days, hundreds were arrested and more than a dozen were executed, their bodies displayed on gibbets. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "On Evil May Day, Londoners Rioted Over Foreigners Stealing Their Jobs," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of gibbet

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gibbet

Noun

Middle English gibet, from Anglo-French

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