- an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuance of a legal warrant.
- a person who executes an act, will, judgment, etc.
Origin of executioner
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Examples from the Web for executioner
I Am An Executioner offers a fiercely creative—and deeply morbid—vision of what it takes to stay alive.Must Read Fiction: ‘Prague Fatale,’ ‘Derby Day’ and More
Malcolm Forbes, Hillary Kelly, Mythili Rao
May 9, 2012
Executioner of thy country, read the decree of thy punishment!Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
“Oh, by a new method, which I have invented myself,” declared the Executioner.Dick, Marjorie and Fidge
G. E. Farrow
St. Bartholomew and the Executioner with the knife to fulfil the martyr.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Lafemas looked at the Governor, and the Governor at the Executioner, and so round.Richelieu, v. 2/3
G. P. R. James
For what's the object of being an Executioner if one can't execute?John Dough and the Cherub
L. Frank Baum
- an official charged with carrying out the death sentence passed upon a condemned person
- an assassin, esp one appointed by a political or criminal organization
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Word Origin and History for executioner
"headsman," 1560s; "one who carries into effect," 1590s; agent noun from execution.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper