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death sentence

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noun
  1. a sentence condemning a convicted felon to execution by the state.
Compare life sentence.
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Examples from the Web for death sentence

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  • It must have been pleasant listening to your own death-sentence!

    Adventures in Many Lands

    Various

  • Thirty-eight of the prisoners were under the death-sentence and were executed in December.

    Among the Sioux

    R. J. Creswell

  • He could not bear to hear it, if it was to be the death-sentence.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • That revelation I dreaded as I would dread my own death-sentence.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas

    Charles Warren Stoddard

  • The death-sentence of the prince was commuted to imprisonment in some unnamed place.

    The Valley of Vision

    Henry Van Dyke