garrotte

[guh-rot, -roht]
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noun, verb (used with object), gar·rot·ted, gar·rot·ting.


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Related formsgar·rot·ter, noun

garrote

or ga·rote, ga·rotte, gar·rotte

[guh-roht, -rot]

noun

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.

Origin of garrote

1615–25; < Spanish garrote or French garrot packing-stick < ?

Related formsgar·rot·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for garrotted

garrotte

garrote or garotte

noun

a Spanish method of execution by strangulation or by breaking the neck
the device, usually an iron collar, used in such executions
obsolete strangulation of one's victim while committing robbery

verb (tr)

to execute by means of the garrotte
to strangle, esp in order to commit robbery
Derived Formsgarrotter, garroter or garotter, noun

Word Origin for garrotte

C17: from Spanish garrote, perhaps from Old French garrot cudgel; of obscure origin

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