noyade

noyade

[nwah-yahd; French nwa-yad]
noun
destruction or execution by drowning, especially as practiced at Nantes, France, in 1793–94, during the Reign of Terror.

Origin:
1810–20; < French: drowning, equivalent to noy(er) to drown (< Latin necāre to kill) + -ade -ade1

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noyade (nwɑːˈjɑːd, French nwajad)
 
n
French history execution by drowning, esp as practised during the Reign of Terror at Nantes from 1793 to 1794
 
[C19: from French, from noyer to drown, from Late Latin necāre to drown, from Latin: to put to death]

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