gibbet

A gibbet is a structure that's used to execute criminals by hanging them. The execution of someone on a gibbet is an old-fashioned practice.

You can use the word gibbet to mean "gallows," or "public execution structure," and it can also be a verb, meaning to hang a person on one. Back in the days when executioners would routinely gibbet criminals in the public square, the bodies were often left on display — possibly to intimidate other potential criminals. The word gibbet has its root in the Old French gibet, "bent stick or gallows," from gibe, or "club."

Definitions of gibbet
  1. noun
    an instrument of public execution
    synonyms: gallous, gallows tree, gallows-tree
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    type of:
    gallows
    an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
  2. verb
    hang on an execution instrument
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    type of:
    hang, string up
    kill by hanging
  3. verb
    expose to ridicule or public scorn
    synonyms: pillory
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    type of:
    display, exhibit, expose
    to show, make visible or apparent
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