instrument of execution


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Noun1.instrument of execution - an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
death chair, electric chair, hot seat, chair - an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person; "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"
gallows - an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
garotte, garrote, garrotte, iron collar - an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation
death chamber, gas chamber - instrument of execution consisting of a sealed chamber into which poison gas is introduced; used to kill people or animals
guillotine - instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
scaffold - a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)
stake - instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning
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The cross as an instrument of execution had existed before the time of Jesus and many people had been crucified before Jesus, the Nigerian prelate said.
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As people who reverence the instrument of execution as the sign of our salvation, we seem unlikely candidates for imposing the death penalty on anyone else.

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