death house

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noun

a building or part of a prison in which persons condemned to death await execution.

Nearby words

  1. death cleaning,
  2. death cup,
  3. death duty,
  4. death futures,
  5. death grant,
  6. death in venice,
  7. death instinct,
  8. death knell,
  9. death mask,
  10. death metal

Origin of death house

First recorded in 1915–20

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for death house

  • It was a flower mausoleum; a vault of bouquets, a death-house of memories.

    The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
  • Clancy would have stopped the procession to the death-house to powder her nose.

    Find the Woman|Arthur Somers Roche
  • At length there came a morning when the death-house seemed to close in on him, tighter and tighter.

    Ladies and Gentlemen |Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • Even in the death-house the sanctity of the professional relation as between a convicted man and his legal adviser was preserved.

    Ladies and Gentlemen |Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb