peine forte et dure

French noun phrase \ pen-fȯr-tā-dᵫr \

Definition of peine forte et dure

:strong and hard punishment :painful death by legal sentence (such as by crushing)

Learn More about peine forte et dure


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up peine forte et dure? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

serious difficulty or misfortune

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!