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noyade

[nwah-yahd; French nwa-yad] /nwɑˈyɑd; French nwaˈyad/
noun
1.
destruction or execution by drowning, especially as practiced at Nantes, France, in 1793–94, during the Reign of Terror.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French: drowning, equivalent to noy(er) to drown (< Latin necāre to kill) + -ade -ade1
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noyade

/nwɑːˈjɑːd; French nwajad/
noun
1.
(French history) execution by drowning, esp as practised during the Reign of Terror at Nantes from 1793 to 1794
Word Origin
C19: from French, from noyer to drown, from Late Latin necāre to drown, from Latin: to put to death
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