death warrant


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death warrant

n.
1. Law An official order implementing a jury's sentence of death and setting the date for the execution of the defendant.
2. Something that destroys hope or expectation; a deathblow.

death warrant

n
1. (Law) the official authorization for carrying out a sentence of death
2. sign one's death warrant sign one's own death warrant to cause one's own destruction

death′ war`rant


n.
1. a warrant authorizing the execution of a death sentence.
2. a deathblow.
[1685–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.death warrant - a warrant to execute the death sentencedeath warrant - a warrant to execute the death sentence
warrant - a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Translations

death warrant

nsentenza di morte
References in classic literature ?
In the hush which followed, our crime was recited, the death warrant read, then everybody uncovered while a priest uttered a prayer.
As for Elizabeth herself, this invitation was so far from exciting in her the same feelings as in her mother and Lydia, that she considered it as the death warrant of all possibility of common sense for the latter; and detestable as such a step must make her were it known, she could not help secretly advising her father not to let her go.
She read Anne's death warrant by consumption in it unless it was scrupulously obeyed.
Because doing so would simply be signing the death warrant of Cornelius and John de Witt.
You have sealed his death warrant, my princess--Sab Than dies.
What I mean is that at the moment the black sergeant, Usanga, and his renegade German native troops captured me and brought me inland, my death warrant was signed.
They felt that all was lost; they sat like prisoners summoned to hear the reading of their death warrant.
And as Joan de Tany watched she saw the smile suddenly freeze to a cold, hard line, and the eyes of the man narrow to mere slits, and her woman's intuition read the death warrant of the King's officer ere the sword of the outlaw buried itself in his heart.
Well, he drew up his own death warrant at the same time," said Lestrade.
At the sight of him the women broke into loud lamentations, for they looked upon the signing of a will as the signing of a death warrant.
She confided to me that she has got her death warrant.
To delay even a second in argument would have sealed the death warrants of them both.