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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.
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(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
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