or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte
[ guh-rot, -roht ]
/ gəˈrɒt, -ˈroʊt /
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a method of capital punishment of Spanish origin in which an iron collar is tightened around a condemned person's neck until death occurs by strangulation or by injury to the spinal column at the base of the brain.
the collarlike instrument used for this method of execution.
strangulation or throttling, especially in the course of a robbery.
an instrument, usually a cord or wire with handles attached at the ends, used for strangling a victim.
verb (used with object), gar·rot·ed, gar·rot·ing.
to execute by the garrote.
to strangle or throttle, especially in the course of a robbery.
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Origin of garrote
1615–25; <Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?
OTHER WORDS FROM garrotegar·rot·er, noun
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How to use garrote in a sentence
Before he was garroted, Atahualpa begged that his remains might be preserved at Quito with those of his mother's people.South American Fights and Fighters|Cyrus Townsend Brady
The chevalier was thus overpowered, garroted and captured in less time than it has taken to write these words.A Romance of the West Indies|Eugne Sue
This dissatisfied the people who tore him from the spiritual authorities, garroted and burnt him.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4|Henry Charles Lea
Hollister jumped for his wrist and at the same time Mike flung himself across the bar and garroted him.The Fighting Edge|William MacLeod Raine
But the religious asserted that they would not obey, and that, if they were garroted by the soldiers, they would be martyrs.