American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who executes, especially one who puts a condemned person to death.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who executes or carries into effect; especially, one who carries into effect a death sentence of a court or tribunal; a functionary who inflicts capital punishment in pursuance of a legal warrant; a headsman or hangman.
- n. That by means of which anything is performed; an instrument or implement used in producing a desired effect.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who executes; an executer.
- n. One who puts to death in conformity to legal warrant, as a hangman.
- n. an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant
- execution + -er. (Wiktionary)
“Plus, too many black children see school as a place where they're supposed to get reprimanded and putting black educators as main executioner; we're essentially fortifying centuries-old traditions of promoting blacks as overseer in the proverbial plantation.”
“They'll get – whoever the executioner is – a soldier, a relative of someone who was killed in 9/11, and a frequent flyer.”
“The argument that it's unconstitutional for Congress to be judge, jury and executioner is a case of logical contortion to divert the subject over to that premise and away from the fact that Congress funds what it funds and doesn't fund what it doesn't fund.”
“Beheading, if somewhat gruesome, can be one of the quickest and least painful ways to die - so long as the executioner is skilled, his blade sharp, and the condemned sits still.”
“However, appointing oneself judge and jury then acting as executioner is equally abhorrent.”
“Why anyone would think that giving the state the power to be torturer in addition to being executioner is beyond me.”
“[Page 205] not to go; adding, "The executioner is good enough for him.”
“The 24-year-old, who has never disguised his disgust for Briatore - not since his sacking in early August when he described the former Renault team principal as his 'executioner' - again on Monday pulled no punches.”
“On the track the team have again failed to conjure notable results, were tainted by Piquet Jr's attack on Briatore when he was axed - describing him as his "executioner" - and then hit the headlines again in Hungary when Alonso's tyre fell off, resulting in a one-race ban that was overturned on appeal.”
“The U.S. military quickly announced that the executioner was al-Zarqawi himself, and although no one doubts that he planned the operation, questions soon arose: the figure seems taller than al-Zarqawi, and he uses his right hand to wield the knife.”
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