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executioner

[ek-si-kyoo-shuh-ner] /ˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃə nər/
noun
1.
an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuance of a legal warrant.
2.
a person who executes an act, will, judgment, etc.
Origin of executioner
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; execution + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for executioner

executioner

/ˌɛksɪˈkjuːʃənə/
noun
1.
an official charged with carrying out the death sentence passed upon a condemned person
2.
an assassin, esp one appointed by a political or criminal organization
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Word Origin and History for executioner
n.

"headsman," 1560s; "one who carries into effect," 1590s; agent noun from execution.

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