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death sentence

a sentence condemning a convicted felon to execution by the state.
Compare life sentence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She was gasping in the agony of peritonitis that had already written its death-sentence on her wan and pinched face.

    How the Other Half Lives Jacob A. Riis
  • It must have been pleasant listening to your own death-sentence!

  • His judges were three—three justices of the neighbourhood—for that number was sufficient to pass the death-sentence upon a slave.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Thirty-eight of the prisoners were under the death-sentence and were executed in December.

    Among the Sioux R. J. Creswell
  • He would have extracted satisfaction out of a death-sentence which was contingent on the trumping of an ace.

  • That revelation I dreaded as I would dread my own death-sentence.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • Prisoner at the bar, have you anything to say why the death-sentence should not be passed upon you?

    Fantastic Fables Ambrose Bierce
  • I have not the foreboding that he is about to speak my death-sentence.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • The convict who hears his death-sentence may still hope for a reprieve; but figures are inexorable, figures cannot lie.

  • The jury had decided on the death-sentence before they left their seats.

    Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

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