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1. The penalty of death for the commission of a crime.
2. The practice or legal sanction of allowing the imposition of the penalty of death for people convicted of committing certain crimes.
(Law) the punishment of death for a crime; death penalty
punishment by death for a crime; death penalty.
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|Noun||1.||capital punishment - putting a condemned person to death|
corporal punishment - the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
hanging - a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead; "in those days the hanging of criminals was a public entertainment"
crucifixion - the act of executing by a method widespread in the ancient world; the victim's hands and feet are bound or nailed to a cross
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