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death warrant

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noun
  1. an official order authorizing the execution of the sentence of death.
  2. anything that ends hope, expectation, etc.
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Origin of death warrant

First recorded in 1685–95
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Related Words

apocalypse, bane, doom, fate, quietus, cutoff, deathblow

Examples from the Web for death warrant

Historical Examples

  • A man doesn't from choice carry a death-warrant next his heart.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • If anybody had seen the Deemster as he took that letter he must have thought it his death-warrant.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • "Well, he drew up his own death-warrant at the same time," said Lestrade.

  • Once,—twice,—thrice I read these lines,—the death-warrant of my wedded peace.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • He'll take you with him, for it would be as good as signing your death-warrant to leave you here.

    The Iron Pirate

    Max Pemberton


British Dictionary definitions for death warrant

death warrant

noun
  1. the official authorization for carrying out a sentence of death
  2. sign one's death warrant or sign one's own death warrant to cause one's own destruction
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