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gallows tree, gallows-tree, gibbet, gallousverb
alternative terms for gallows
hang on an execution instrument
expose to ridicule or public scorn
an upright post with a crosspiece used for execution and subsequent public display; a gallows
to execute (someone), or display (a body), on a gibbet
to expose (someone) to ridicule or scorn
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: gibet, French.
When was there ever cursed atheist brought
Unto the gibbet, but he did adore
That blessed pow’r which he had set at nought? Davies.
You scandal to the stock of verse, a race
Able to bring the gibbet in disgrace. John Cleveland.
Haman suffered death himself upon the very gibbet that he had provided for another. Roger L'Estrange.
Papers of universal approbation, lay such principles to the whole body of the Tories, as, if they were true, our next business should be to erect gibbets in every parish, and hang them out of the way. Jonathan Swift.
Etymology: from the noun.
I’ll gibbet up his name. John Oldham.
He shall come off and on swifter than he that gibbets on the brewer’s bucket. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
A gibbet is any instrument of public execution (including guillotine, executioner's block, impalement stake, hanging gallows, or related scaffold). Gibbeting is the use of a gallows-type structure from which the dead or dying bodies of criminals were hanged on public display to deter other existing or potential criminals. Occasionally, the gibbet was also used as a method of execution, with the criminal being left to die of exposure, thirst and/or starvation. The practice of placing a criminal on display within a gibbet is also called "hanging in chains".
a kind of gallows; an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which, formerly, malefactors were hanged in chains, and their bodies allowed to remain asa warning
the projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib
to hang and expose on a gibbet
to expose to infamy; to blacken
Etymology: [OE. gibet, F. gibet, in OF. also club, fr. LL. gibetum;; cf. OF. gibe sort of sickle or hook, It. giubbetto gibbet, and giubbetta, dim. of giubba mane, also, an under waistcoat, doublet, Prov. It. gibba (cf. Jupon); so that it perhaps originally signified a halter, a rope round the neck of malefactors; or it is, perhaps, derived fr. L. gibbus hunched, humped, E. gibbous; or cf. E. jib a sail.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jib′et, n. a gallows on which criminals were suspended after execution: the projecting beam of a crane.—v.t. to expose on a gibbet. [O. Fr. gibet, a stick; origin unknown.]
The numerical value of gibbet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of gibbet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of gibbet in a Sentence
Popular Christianity has for its emblem a gibbet, for its chief sensation a sanginary execution after torture, for its central mystery is an insane vengeance bought off by a trumpery expiation. But there is a nobler and profounder Christianity which affirms the sacred mystery of equality and forbids the glaring futility and folly of vengeance.
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