- an official order authorizing the execution of the sentence of death.
- anything that ends hope, expectation, etc.
Origin of death warrant
First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for death warrant
A man doesn't from choice carry a death-warrant next his heart.The Shadow of a Crime
If anybody had seen the Deemster as he took that letter he must have thought it his death-warrant.The Manxman
"Well, he drew up his own death-warrant at the same time," said Lestrade.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Once,—twice,—thrice I read these lines,—the death-warrant of my wedded peace.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
He'll take you with him, for it would be as good as signing your death-warrant to leave you here.The Iron Pirate
- the official authorization for carrying out a sentence of death
- sign one's death warrant or sign one's own death warrant to cause one's own destruction
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