Meaning of “capital punishment” in the English Dictionary

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"capital punishment" in British English

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capital punishmentnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌkæp.ɪ.təl ˈpʌn.ɪʃ.mənt/ us /ˌkæp.ɪ.t̬əl ˈpʌn.ɪʃ.mənt/

Examples from literature

  • According to one authority, capital punishment may be divided into two kinds—beheading and strangulation. 
  • But some say that capital punishment is inconsistent with the mild religion of Christ—the religion of mercy and love. 
  • Capital punishment has been abolished in some countries, likewise torture, confiscation, corporal punishment. 
  • For how else can they say, as I have known some say, that capital punishment is wrong, because "we have no right to usher a man into the presence of his Maker." 
  • While the law of the land required the capital punishment of witches, no blame ought to be attached to judges and jurors for discharging their respective duties in carrying it into execution. 

(Definition of “capital punishment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"capital punishment" in American English

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capital punishmentnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əl ˈpʌn·ɪʃ·mənt/ also death penalty

politics & government punishment by death for a serious crime

(Definition of “capital punishment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)