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death warrant

an official order authorizing the execution of the sentence of death.
anything that ends hope, expectation, etc.
Origin of death warrant
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • You came to be very tired of the death-warrant and of Queen Mary.

    How To Do It Edward Everett Hale
  • He'll take you with him, for it would be as good as signing your death-warrant to leave you here.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • So far from saving itself by this act, the dynasty wrote another sentence in its death-warrant.

    The Fight For The Republic in China Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
  • Yet my brain burns with the thought of Mary's death-warrant unsigned.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • He was breathing heavily the while, for he felt that he was reading his own death-warrant.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • Once,—twice,—thrice I read these lines,—the death-warrant of my wedded peace.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • This seemed so inevitably a death-warrant for them all, that they shuddered.

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • "It's the boy's death-warrant," observed Jonathan, with a sinister smile.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. I (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • They know, as all know who have attended to the subject, that confinement within existing limits is its death-warrant.

    The Contest in America John Stuart Mill
  • A stoppage of motion, of circulation, or of transformation would be a death-warrant.

    Urania Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for death-warrant

death warrant

the official authorization for carrying out a sentence of death
sign one's death warrant, sign one's own death warrant, to cause one's own destruction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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