death warrant


an official order authorizing the execution of the sentence of death.
anything that ends hope, expectation, etc.

Origin of death warrant

First recorded in 1685–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for death warrant

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

Examples from the Web for death warrant

Historical Examples of death warrant

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

  • 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


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