death penalty(redirected from Death penalties)
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1. A sentence or punishment of death by execution.
2. The practice or legal sanction of allowing the imposition of punishment of death for people convicted of certain crimes.
(Law) the death penalty capital punishment
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|Noun||1.||death penalty - putting a condemned person to death|
corporal punishment - the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
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"
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