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death warrant

noun
1.
an official order authorizing the execution of the sentence of death.
2.
anything that ends hope, expectation, etc.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95
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British Dictionary definitions for death war rant

death warrant

noun
1.
the official authorization for carrying out a sentence of death
2.
sign one's death warrant, sign one's own death warrant, to cause one's own destruction
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