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Word: executioner

Definition: person administering capital punishment


Sentences Containing 'executioner'

As the grinning little man held out the pipe he was smoking, to explain how he timed the executioner, Carton was so sensible of a rising desire to strike the life out of him, that he turned away.
Upon my word, you killed him ere the executioner had laid his hand upon him.''
``For a very serious matter, which bids fair to make work for the executioner.''
``But,''said Franz to the count,``with this theory, which renders you at once judge and executioner of your own cause, it would be difficult to adopt a course that would forever prevent your falling under the power of the law.
Behind the executioner came, in the order in which they were to die, first Peppino and then Andrea.
The executioner made a sign, and his two assistants leaped from the scaffold and seized him.
During this time the executioner had raised his mace, and signed to them to get out of the way; the criminal strove to rise, but, ere he had time, the mace fell on his left temple.
The executioner let fall his mace, drew his knife, and with one stroke opened his throat, and mounting on his stomach, stamped violently on it with his feet.
Well, I tell you I will not drag my daughter before a tribunal, and give her up to the executioner!
I am on the earth to punish, madame,''he added, with a flaming glance;``any other woman, were it the queen herself, I would send to the executioner; but to you I shall be merciful.
That farewell struck Madame de Villefort like the executioner's knife.
The most detestable of all employments, that of public executioner, is, in proportion to the quantity of work done, better paid than any common trade whatever.
And if they call me to account for it, I'll clear myself by saying I served God in killing a bad doctor--a general executioner.
His mind runs along a certain train of ideas: The refusal of the soldiers to consent to his escape; the action of the executioner; the separation of the head and body; bleeding, convulsive motions, and death.
Already has it been related how the great leviathan is afar off descried from the mast-head; how he is chased over the watery moors, and slaughtered in the valleys of the deep; how he is then towed alongside and beheaded; and how (on the principle which entitled the headsman of old to the garments in which the beheaded was killed) his great padded surtout becomes the property of his executioner; how, in due time, he is condemned to the pots, and, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, his spermaceti, oil, and bone pass unscathed through the fire;--but now it remains to conclude the last chapter of this part of the description by rehearsing--singing, if I may--the romantic proceeding of decanting off his oil into the casks and striking them down into the hold, where once again leviathan returns to his native profundities, sliding along beneath the surface as before; but, alas!

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