What does executioner mean?

Definitions for executioner
ˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃə nərex·e·cu·tion·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. executioner, public executionernoun

    an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant


  1. executionernoun

    An official person who carries out the capital punishment of a criminal.

  2. executionernoun


  3. Etymology: From English execution, and -er.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Executionernoun

    Etymology: from execution.

    Is not the causer of the timeless deaths,
    As blameful as the executioner? William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    It is a singular comfort to the executioners of this office, when they consider that they cannot be guilty of oppression. Francis Bacon, Office of Alienation.

    The heart of every man was in the hand of God, and he could have made them executioners of his wrath upon one another. John Woodward, Natural History.

    In this case every man hath a right to punish the offender, and be the executioner of the law of nature. John Locke.

    He, born to the greatest expectation, and of the greatest blood, submitted himself to be servant to the executioner that should put to death Musidorus. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    The deluge was not sent only as an executioner to mankind, but its prime errand was to reform the earth. John Woodward.

    I would not be thy executioner:
    I fly thee, for I would not injure thee;
    Thou tell’st me, there is murder in mine eyes. William Shakespeare.

    All along
    The walls, abominable ornaments!
    Are tools of wrath, anvils of torments hung,
    Fell executioners of foul intents. Richard Crashaw.


  1. Executioner

    An executioner, also known as a hangman or headsman, is an official who executes a sentence of capital punishment on a legally condemned person.


  1. executioner

    An executioner is a person who is appointed by a legal authority to carry out the death penalty, or capital punishment, on a condemned person. This person is responsible for enforcing the court's decision for the person sentenced to death by performing methods like hanging, beheading, lethal injection, electrocution, or other means.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Executionernoun

    one who executes; an executer

  2. Executionernoun

    one who puts to death in conformity to legal warrant, as a hangman


  1. Executioner

    A judicial executioner is a person who carries out a death sentence ordered by the state or other legal authority, which was known in feudal terminology as high justice.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of executioner in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of executioner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of executioner in a Sentence

  1. Marlon Brando:

    If we are not our brother's keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.

  2. Carson Cowles:

    The whole world is going to be looking at his family who raised this monster, i'd be the executioner myself if they would allow it.

  3. Chris Harrison:

    We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion, because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing — where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record.

  4. Lucretius:

    Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.

  5. Sunjeev Bery:

    It’s as brutal an act to have your head chopped by a public executioner as it is by a member of the so called Islamic State.

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