Bill of pains and penalties

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a special act of a legislature which inflicts a punishment less than death upon persons supposed to be guilty of treason or felony, without any conviction in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings.
See under Bill.
See under Bill.

See also: Bill, pain, Penalty

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.