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guillotine

noun [C]  /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/ us  
a device, invented in France, consisting of a sharp blade in a tall frame that was used for killing a person by cutting off his or her head
guillotine
verb [T]  /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/ us  
During the French Revolution, thousands of people were guillotined.
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