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1. the carrying out or undergoing of a sentence of death
a. the enforcement of the judgment of a court of law
b. the writ ordering such enforcement
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Exile (See BANISHMENT.)Budd, Billy
court-martialed and hanged for accidently killing a ship’s officer. [Am. Lit.: Herman Melville Billy Budd]
final favor granted one about to die. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
hanged by his regiment for shooting a comrade. [Br. Lit.: Kipling Danny Deever in Benét, 549]
Doeg the Edomite
famous hangman; eponym of modern hoisting apparatus. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 170]
dispatches priests of Nob under Saul’s order. [O.T.: I Samuel 22:18–19]
her hanging is triumphantly watched from a tower by Frollo, who is thereupon thrown from it by Quasimodo. [Fr. Lit.: Victor Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame]
invented during French Revolution as a humane method of capital punishment. [Fr. Hist.: Benét, 429]
characteristic knot for death by hanging. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Lord of the Manor of Tyburn
appointed by the Mikado as Lord High Executioner. [Br. Opera: The Mikado]
nickname for ordinary hangman at Tyburn gallows. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1110]
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico
swaggering highwayman sentenced to execution but reprieved at the last moment. [Br. Lit.: The Beggar’s Opera in Magill I, 59; The Threepenny Opera in Benét, 90]
executed in 1867; subject of painting by Manet. [Mex. Hist.: NCE, 1728; Fr. Art: EB, 11:440]
Seven That Were Hanged, The
reformer priest, hanged and burned at the stake as a heretic. [Ital. Hist.: Benét, 900]
describes the fears and actions of five men and two women before their deaths on the scaffold. [Russ. Lit.: Magill II, 957]
“Third of May, 1808, The”
attempts to kill his employer’s wife, (his mistress), is condemned to the guillotine. [Fr. Lit.: Stendhal The Red and the Black in Magill I, 808]
Goya painting of Napoleon’s soldiers firing on Spanish rebels. [Sp. Art: EB, 8:260]
site of gallows where criminals were publicly hanged. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 920]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
execution(operating system, programming)
The process of carrying out the instructions in a computer program by a computer.
See also dry run.
See also dry run.
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