verb (used with object), guil·lo·tined, guil·lo·tin·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM guillotineun·guil·lo·tined, adjective
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How to use guillotine in a sentence
The pace of executions slowed, but did not stop, although now former supporters of the regime were more likely to be the victims of the guillotine.The French Revolution offers a critical lesson as the U.S. returns to normal|Christine Adams|May 7, 2021|Washington Post
We were talking and we said, we should probably write a finale for this season that could also be a series finale … We really felt like we were making the show with a guillotine above our necks.
Coca-Cola is trying to cut underperforming brands, and even modern ones like Odwalla juice and regional sodas like Delaware Punch are poised to fall prey to the cost-cutting guillotine.The Rise And Fall Of Tab – After Surviving The Sweetener Scares, The Iconic Diet Soda Gets Canned|LGBTQ-Editor|November 29, 2020|No Straight News
The main approaches to execution since the guillotine have been hanging, the firing squad, and the electric chair.
Wasn't the original name of “The Queen is Dead” “Margaret on the Guillotine”?
There was actually a song called “Margaret on the Guillotine.”
True, the great majority of the old bulls survived the post, revolutionary guillotine.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work|Megan McArdle|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Its heart is in the French Revolution, but so is the guillotine.
Promotion came speedily when the guillotine cleared the way in the higher ranks by removing the incompetent and unfortunate.
But France had had enough of the Terror, and knew that she could evolve her safety by other means than that of the guillotine.
The question between the Girondist and the Jacobin was, "Who shall lie down on the guillotine?"
The young ladies were all arrested, fourteen in number, and taken in a cart to the guillotine.
Hence the Jacobins had serious cause to fear a reaction, and determined to silence their voices by the slide of the guillotine.
British Dictionary definitions for guillotine
- a device for beheading persons, consisting of a weighted blade set between two upright posts
- the guillotine execution by this instrument
verb (ˌɡɪləˈtiːn) (tr)
Derived forms of guillotineguillotiner, noun
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Cultural definitions for guillotine
A machine designed for beheading people quickly and with minimal pain. The guillotine, which used a large falling knife blade, was devised by a physician, Joseph Guillotin, during the French Revolution and was used as the official method of execution in France until the twentieth century.