putting to death


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Noun1.putting to death - the act of terminating a lifeputting to death - the act of terminating a life  
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
coup de grace, deathblow - the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
death - the act of killing; "he had two deaths on his conscience"
euthanasia, mercy killing - the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
homicide - the killing of a human being by another human being
despatch, dispatch - killing a person or animal
fell - the act of felling something (as a tree)
self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
slaughter - the killing of animals (as for food)
poisoning - the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
suffocation, asphyxiation - killing by depriving of oxygen
ritual killing, sacrifice - the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
electrocution - killing by electric shock
beheading, decapitation - killing by cutting off the head
genocide, race murder, racial extermination - systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
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George Ryan, the crooked politicians, prosecutors and police in Illinois can no longer play God by putting to death 167 prisoners on Death Row.
The argument--in truth, the sole argument involving political justice-against the death penalty can be formulated as follows: The putting to death of a human being is only justified in the case of legitimate defense.
It is the proabortion/anti-death penalty liberal who is morally inconsistent, since he supports putting to death only the innocent.