capital punishment

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capital punishment

n.
1. The penalty of death for the commission of a crime.
2. The practice or legal sanction of allowing the imposition of the penalty of death for people convicted of committing certain crimes.

capital punishment

n
(Law) the punishment of death for a crime; death penalty

cap′ital pun′ishment


n.
punishment by death for a crime; death penalty.
[1575–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capital punishment - putting a condemned person to deathcapital punishment - putting a condemned person to death
corporal punishment - the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
burning at the stake, burning - execution by fire
hanging - a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead; "in those days the hanging of criminals was a public entertainment"
electrocution, burning - execution by electricity
beheading, decapitation - execution by cutting off the victim's head
crucifixion - the act of executing by a method widespread in the ancient world; the victim's hands and feet are bound or nailed to a cross
Translations
trest smrti
dødsstraf
kuolemanrangaistus
smrtna kazna
halálbüntetés
死刑
사형
smrtna kazen
dödsstraff
การลงโทษประหารชีวิต
án tử hình

capital punishment

npena capitale

capital punishment

عُقُوبَةُ الإعْدَام trest smrti dødsstraf Todesstrafe θανατική ποινή pena capital kuolemanrangaistus peine capitale smrtna kazna pena capitale 死刑 사형 doodstraf dødsstraff kara śmierci pena de morte смертная казнь dödsstraff การลงโทษประหารชีวิต idam cezası án tử hình 死刑
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Let a decree issue declaring ingenuity a capital offence."
In his lay capacity, he persisted in sitting down in the damp to such an insane extent, that when his coat was taken off to be dried at the kitchen fire, the circumstantial evidence on his trousers would have hanged him if it had been a capital offence.
'He'd write letters by the ream, if it was a capital offence!'
In Canada, the Muslim family converted to Christianity -- a capital offence in Iran.
The Jews are accused of passing on secret military information to Israel, a capital offence in the Iranian judicial system.
In the same week, the Office of Fair Trading announced it will look at some odious airline restrictions - like limiting compensation for damaged or lost bags or cancelled flights and making the passing on of a flight ticket to a relative or friend close to a capital offence.
Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji insisted that senior government officers with executive powers, charged with a capital offence, corruption or economic crimes, should vacate office until their cases are concluded.
He further averred that 'bail under our constitution is a right of accused person except capital offence. My clients are reputable citizens of this state and won't jump bail if granted.
If he ever returns to his home country, he faces the possibility of execution - not because of the killing but because being gay is a capital offence.
Emigrating from Japan in the 17th century was a capital offence. Anyone arrested while attempting to leave the country faced not a trial but immediate execution.
He added: 'In the past in Scotland, sheep-stealing was a capital offence but we're not advocating anything so drastic.