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death penalty

n.
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.

death penalty

n
(Law) the death penalty capital punishment

death′ pen`alty


n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.death penalty - putting a condemned person to deathdeath penalty - 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
kuolemantuomio
peine de mort
死刑
smrtna kazen

death penalty

npena di morte
References in classic literature ?
"And now, Fellow Citizens and Creatures of the Jury, I assert that so awful a crime deserves death, and in the case of the ferocious criminal before you--who is now washing her face--the death penalty should be inflicted nine times."
The unfortunate Gluck received life imprisonment in San Quentin, while the newspapers and the public held that it was a miscarriage of justice--that the death penalty should have been visited upon him.
In the first there is a vivid picture of the terrible evils which England was suffering through war, lawlessness, the wholesale and foolish application of the death penalty, the misery of the peasants, the absorption of the land by the rich, and the other distressing corruptions in Church and State.
We arrived at nothing very definite in the matter of Snider's punishment, since Taylor was for shooting him, Delcarte insisting that he should be hanged, while I, although fully conscious of the gravity of his offense, could not bring myself to give the death penalty.
He even knew that an accomplice might suffer the death penalty with the principal.
In the time of Henry III, of England, a law was made which prescribed the death penalty for "Kyllynge, wowndynge, or mamynge" a fairy, and it was universally respected.
The death penalty shall not be imposed by the United States, or by any State, Territory, or other jurisdiction within the United States.
For those lawmakers and others who do not share that faith, or those who claim they do but don't know or care enough to uphold it, we can simply look at the practical arguments why the death penalty finds no real justification.
Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua".
The President says that most Sri Lankans are supportive of him implementing the death penalty.
"Sri Lanka's plan to resume use of the death penalty is a major setback for human rights," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
The 49% who say the death penalty is applied fairly is, by one percentage point, the lowest Gallup has measured since it first asked the question in 2000 and reflects a gradual decline of this view over the past decade.