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tr.v. be·head·ed, be·head·ing, be·heads
To separate the head from; decapitate.

[Middle English biheden, from Old English behēafdian : be-, away from; see be- + hēafod, head; see head.]
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the action of decapitating someone
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Noun1.beheading - execution by cutting off the victim's headbeheading - execution by cutting off the victim's head
capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution - putting a condemned person to death
2.beheading - killing by cutting off the headbeheading - killing by cutting off the head  
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
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They're dreadfully fond of beheading people here; the great wonder is, that there's any one left alive!'
"And, what's stranger still," continued the priest, with his dull eye on the rhododendrons, "it's the same disgusting sort; it's another beheading. They found the second head actually bleeding into the river, a few yards along Brayne's road to Paris; so they suppose that he--"
"A man cannot behead with a bodkin," said Brown calmly, "and for this murder beheading was absolutely necessary."
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In a statement, the provincial governor blamed the incident on Islamic State, which has conducted a series of brutal attacks in the province and other areas, regularly beheading victims they accuse of cooperating with the government.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it has arrested a suspect in the 2014 kidnapping and beheading of a 24-year-old man in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur.
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Bild, a German tabloid, pointed out a parallel between the image of Trump with a Islamic State filter known as "Jihadi John," who was known for beheading prisoners.
Summary: Future Movement leader Saad Hariri Thursday denounced the beheading of a young Palestinian boy in Syria earlier this week at the hands of U.S.-backed rebels.