the death penalty

noun

Definition of the death penalty

: death as a punishment given by a court of law for very serious crimes : capital punishment If convicted, he could face the death penalty. She opposes the death penalty.

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“The death penalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20death%20penalty. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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