garrote

garrote

[guh-roht, -rot]
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:
1615–25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?

garroter, noun
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garrotte, garrote or garotte (ɡəˈrɒt)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  to execute by means of the garrotte
5.  to strangle, esp in order to commit robbery
 
[C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin]
 
garrote, garrote or garotte
 
n
 
vb
 
[C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin]
 
garotte, garrote or garotte
 
n
 
vb
 
[C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin]
 
gar'rotter, garrote or garotte
 
n
 
gar'roter, garrote or garotte
 
n
 
ga'rotter, garrote or garotte
 
n

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garrote
1622, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Sp. garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from O.Fr. guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic. But possibly from Frank. *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. M.Du. wroken "to twist"). The
verb meaning "to execute with a garrote" is from 1851; sense of "choking and then robbing" is from 1852.
"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]
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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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