Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who commits the act of garroting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who seizes a person by the throat from behind, with a view to strangle and rob him.
- n. someone who kills by strangling
“He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the jew's-harp.”
“The thug existed until 1855 or 1860, the professional hereditary garroter of one native Indian class, who strangled his victims with a handkerchief.”
“Picks a gun from somewhere around his shirt-front, shoots the garroter over his shoulder; kills the man in front, who is at him with a stiletto, ducks a couple of shots from the gang, and lays out two more of 'em.”
“It may be added that it is this spot which is reached by the needle of the garroter in Spanish executions, and that the same centre also is destroyed when a criminal is "successfully" hanged, this time by the forced intrusion of a process of the second cervical vertebra.”
“He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the Jew's harp.”
“I know the way," whispered the garroter, and a few gathered around him.”
“The methods of the garroter were quick, sure and silent.”
“Here the terrible garroter dwelt for a long time; aye, and throve, too, until our criminal judges began sentencing every one of them convicted before them to the extreme penalty of twenty years in”
“It was the street boy turned pickpocket, and a pickpocket turned garroter.”
“One hand of the garroter was on his throat, the other was busily rifling his pockets.”
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