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death warrant

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for death warrant
Historical Examples
  • If I'd been a Jek, I would have thought that uniform was a death warrant.

    The Stoker and the Stars Algirdas Jonas Budrys (AKA John A. Sentry)
  • Moreover, Malmesbury's treaty contained its own death warrant.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • "That's my death warrant," he said gloomily as he signed it.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • Within an hour he learned that the death warrant had been received and approved.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • His name and seal were on the death warrant of Charles the First.

  • Even if I faced the death warrant, I should not be sorry that I stayed.

    Modern Icelandic Plays

    Jhann Sigurjnsson
  • "It is not your death warrant, I assure you," says he, with a sneer.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • It is our solemn League and Covenant—and our death warrant if discovered.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • And wondered why he was so cheerful about signing his own death warrant.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • It had taken him all of one day on his own to get his death warrant signed.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for death warrant

death warrant

the official authorization for carrying out a sentence of death
sign one's death warrant, sign one's own death warrant, to cause one's own destruction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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