A crime, such as murder or betrayal of one's country, that is treated so seriously that death may be considered an appropriate punishment.
No Offense, These Words Used To Be Inoffensive
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Capital vs. Capitol
Capital and capitol are both commonly used in political contexts and are separated by just one letter, making them frustratingly easy to confuse. When it comes to these two terms, it’s important to note that one has a number of meanings while the other refers to a certain type of building. Capital has many definitions. It can mean “the wealth owned or employed in business …
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