Definition of Executioner

1. Noun. An official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant.

Exact synonyms: Public Executioner
Specialized synonyms: Electrocutioner, Hangman, Headman, Headsman
Generic synonyms: Killer, Slayer
Derivative terms: Execution

Definition of Executioner

1. n. One who executes; an executer.

Definition of Executioner

1. Noun. An official person who carries out the capital punishment of a criminal. ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) executor ¹

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Definition of Executioner

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Executioner

execute order
execute orders
execution of instrument
execution sale
execution speed
execution style
executional peak
executioner (current term)
executive agency
executive branch
executive clemency
executive committee
executive committees
executive council
executive department
executive director
executive ego function
executive ego functions

Literary usage of Executioner

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1850)
"But when the executioner demanded of him whether he would introduce him into ... The executioner then immediately increased the fire, and removed the wet ..."

2. London: Being an Accurate History and Description of the British Metropolis by David Hughson (1805)
"The executioner was obliged to shift himself, by tease- the quantity of blood that Hew on his clothes ; and in ' • mean time the scaffold was cleansed, ..."

3. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas by Edward Westermarck (1906)
"... be more nominal than real.3 It is also interesting to note that in several cases the injured party or the accuser acts as executioner, but not as judge. ..."

4. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"The unfortunates had no means of redress, and SLADE AS executioner. were compelled to recuperate as best they could. On one of these occasions, ..."

5. The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor by Jeremy Taylor, Charles Page Eden, Reginald Heber, Alexander Taylor (1852)
"... so that the sinner is ipso facto liable to punishment, and must voluntarily undergo it. IN WHAT CASES THE CRIMINAL IS TO BE HIS OWN executioner. § 14. ..."

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