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gar·roteor gar·rotte (gə-rŏt′, -rōt′)
a. A method of execution formerly practiced in Spain, in which a tightened iron collar is used to strangle or break the neck of a condemned person.
b. The iron collar used for such an execution.
a. Strangulation, especially in order to rob.
b. A cord or wire used for strangling.
tr.v. gar·rot·ed, gar·rot·ing, gar·rotes or gar·rot·ted or gar·rot·ting or gar·rottes
1. To execute by garrote.
2. To strangle in order to rob.
[Spanish, cudgel, instrument of torture, possibly from Old French garrot, perhaps from garoquier, to struggle.]
1. (Historical Terms) a Spanish method of execution by strangulation or by breaking the neck
2. (Historical Terms) the device, usually an iron collar, used in such executions
3. (Historical Terms) obsolete strangulation of one's victim while committing robbery
4. (Historical Terms) to execute by means of the garrotte
5. to strangle, esp in order to commit robbery
[C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin]
garˈrotter, garˈroter, gaˈrotter n
Past participle: garrotted
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|Noun||1.||garrotte - an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation|
instrument of execution - an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
|Verb||1.||garrotte - strangle with an iron collar; "people were garrotted during the Inquisition in Spain"|