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[nwah-yahd; French nwa-yad]
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  1. destruction or execution by drowning, especially as practiced at Nantes, France, in 1793–94, during the Reign of Terror.
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Origin of noyade

1810–20; < French: drowning, equivalent to noy(er) to drown (< Latin necāre to kill) + -ade -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for noyade


  1. French history execution by drowning, esp as practised during the Reign of Terror at Nantes from 1793 to 1794
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from noyer to drown, from Late Latin necāre to drown, from Latin: to put to death
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