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garrote

[guh-roht, -rot] /gəˈroʊt, -ˈrɒt/
noun
1.
a method of capital punishment of Spanish origin in which an iron collar is tightened around a condemned person's neck until death occurs by strangulation or by injury to the spinal column at the base of the brain.
2.
the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
3.
strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
4.
an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.
verb (used with object), garroted, garroting.
5.
to execute by the garrote.
6.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?
Related forms
garroter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for garrote

garrotte

/ɡəˈrɒt/
noun
1.
a Spanish method of execution by strangulation or by breaking the neck
2.
the device, usually an iron collar, used in such executions
3.
(obsolete) strangulation of one's victim while committing robbery
verb (transitive)
4.
to execute by means of the garrotte
5.
to strangle, esp in order to commit robbery
Derived Forms
garrotter, garroter, garotter, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for garrote
n.

also garrotte, 1620s, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Spanish garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic, but possibly from Frankish *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. Middle Dutch wroken "to twist").

I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye. [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]

v.

"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.

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Encyclopedia Article for garrote

device used in strangling condemned persons. In one form it consists of an iron collar attached to a post. The victim's neck is placed in the collar, and the collar is slowly tightened by a screw until asphyxiation occurs. Another form of garrote is a length of wire with wooden handles at the ends, held by the executioner.

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