- 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
It must have been pleasant listening to your own death-sentence!Adventures in Many Lands
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