the death penalty

Definition of the death penalty

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

deathplay
  1. :  a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions :  the end of life — compare brain death

    :  an instance of dying

    :  the cause or occasion of loss of life

penaltyplay
  1. :  the suffering in person, rights, or property that is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime or public offense

    :  the suffering or the sum to be forfeited to which a person agrees to be subjected in case of nonfulfillment of stipulations

    :  disadvantage, loss, or hardship due to some action


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