capital punishment


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capital punishment

n.
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.

capital punishment

n
(Law) the punishment of death for a crime; death penalty

cap′ital pun′ishment


n.
punishment by death for a crime; death penalty.
[1575–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capital punishment - putting a condemned person to deathcapital punishment - putting a condemned person to death
corporal punishment - the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
burning at the stake, burning - execution by fire
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"
electrocution, burning - execution by electricity
beheading, decapitation - execution by cutting off the victim's head
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
Translations
trest smrti
dødsstraf
kuolemanrangaistus
smrtna kazna
halálbüntetés
死刑
사형
smrtna kazen
dödsstraff
การลงโทษประหารชีวิต
án tử hình

capital punishment

npena capitale

capital punishment

عُقُوبَةُ الإعْدَام trest smrti dødsstraf Todesstrafe θανατική ποινή pena capital kuolemanrangaistus peine capitale smrtna kazna pena capitale 死刑 사형 doodstraf dødsstraff kara śmierci pena de morte смертная казнь dödsstraff การลงโทษประหารชีวิต idam cezası án tử hình 死刑
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But his imperial majesty, fully determined against capital punishment, was graciously pleased to say, that since the council thought the loss of your eyes too easy a censure, some other way may be inflicted hereafter.
He had frequently called for capital punishment on criminals, and owing to his irresistible eloquence they had been condemned, and yet the slightest shadow of remorse had never clouded Villefort's brow, because they were guilty; at least, he believed so; but here was an innocent man whose happiness he had destroyed: in this case he was not the judge, but the executioner.
You were to have no capital punishment, but were first to sweep off the face of the earth all legislators, jurists, and judges, who were of the contrary opinion.
According to the tenor of the sentence, which the criers read aloud and incorrectly, two farmers of the revenues, monopolists of money, dilapidators of the royal provisions, extortioners, and forgers, were about to undergo capital punishment on the Place de Greve, with their names blazoned over their heads, according to their sentence.
Parties of principle, as, religious sects, or the party of free-trade, of universal suffrage, of abolition of slavery, of abolition of capital punishment,--degenerate into personalities, or would inspire enthusiasm.
At about the same time the burly Jonson killed another actor in a duel and escaped capital punishment only through 'benefit of clergy' (the exemption still allowed to educated men).
Pardon me, madam: no need of explanation; your own fine sense must inform you that one of your frowns would be a sufficient substitute for capital punishment.
Brugger's tightly argued historical examination of Catholic teaching on capital punishment focuses narrowly on two questions: whether contemporary magisterial teaching on the death penalty reverses the Church's longstanding support of the state's right to execute criminals, and whether such a reversal can be understood as a legitimate development of Catholic moral doctrine.
Capital punishment, hard as it may be for people to stomach, is the only thing that can satisfy the families of victims in some cases.
These and other flaws in the use of capital punishment - the execution of a retarded man in Texas, a defense lawyer falling asleep during trial in another case, the ethnic imbalance of inmates on death row, etc.
For opponents of capital punishment, McVeigh's date with death became a test case for the consistency of their stance, even when it comes to the most heinous crimes.
Ryan's decision would make Illinois the first of the 38 states with capital punishment to halt executions while it reviews its death penalty procedures.

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