death penalty

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Compound of death +‎ penalty.

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death penalty (plural death penalties)

  1. (law) A punishment in which the offender is put to death by the state.
    Synonyms: capital punishment, execution
    • 2021 September 22, Stephen Roberts, “The writings on the wall...”, in RAIL, number 940, page 71:
      And if you would like one more fact about this worthy, he was responsible for an Act on the statute book abolishing the death penalty for cattle rustling.

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