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
References in classic literature ?
he says the king is coming in triumph; that he is dressed in state; that he has just finished putting to death, with his own hand, a thousand chained Israelitish prisoners
One such international agreement is the Convention on the Rights of the Child that the Kingdom voluntarily signed in 1996 that, among a list of other articles, prohibits putting to death criminals who committed their crimes when they were under the age of 18.
George Ryan, the crooked politicians, prosecutors and police in Illinois can no longer play God by putting to death 167 prisoners on Death Row.