Origin of execution
Examples from the Web for execution
Recall how Clinton returned to Arkansas from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled man.
The execution of two police officers in cold blood has shocked the city and driven a deeper wedge between the cops and the mayor.
Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.
Heavily armed Simbas had already arrived at the missionary house and were lining up families in the backyard for execution.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If they were well thought through, with a clear plan of execution, she was in, and ready to go to the mat.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable|Joshua DuBois|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I could not carry my threat into execution, having no weapon.Tales of the Wonder Club|M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
And it is just in this respect that people make such terrible mistakes in the execution of his works.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
The execution of this act of reverence evinced long and careful training.Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow|Eliza R. Snow Smith
Nothing, unless you like to sit by the fire and await the execution.The Cruise of the "Lively Bee"|John De Morgan
Every execution—criminal or civil—had been therefore illegal.The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)|John West
British Dictionary definitions for execution
- the enforcement of the judgment of a court of law
- the writ ordering such enforcement
Word Origin and History for execution
mid-14c., from Anglo-French execucioun (late 13c.), Old French execucion "a carrying out" (of an order, etc.), from Latin executionem (nominative executio) "an accomplishing," noun of action from past participle stem of exequi/exsequi "to follow out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + sequi "follow" (see sequel).
Sense of "act of putting to death" (mid-14c.) is from Middle English legal phrases such as don execution of deth "carry out a sentence of death." Literal meaning "action of carrying something into effect" is from late 14c. John McKay, coach of the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers (U.S. football team), when asked by a reporter what he thought of his team's execution, replied, "I think it would be a good idea." Executor and executioner were formerly used indifferently, because both are carrying out legal orders.