instrument of punishment
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|Noun||1.||instrument of punishment - an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person|
cangue - an instrument of punishment formerly used in China for petty criminals; consists of a heavy wooden collar enclosing the neck and arms
cucking stool, ducking stool - an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
instrument of torture - an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
paddle - an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board
pillory - a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn
stocks - a former instrument of punishment consisting of a heavy timber frame with holes in which the feet (and sometimes the hands) of an offender could be locked
switch - a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
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