putting to death

Definitions of putting to death

n the act of terminating a life

kill, killing
final solution
the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
Battle of the Little Bighorn
a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
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coup de grace, deathblow
the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
the act of killing
euthanasia, mercy killing
the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
the killing of a human being by another human being
despatch, dispatch
killing a person or animal
the act of felling something (as a tree)
self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide
the act of killing yourself
the killing of animals (as for food)
the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
asphyxiation, suffocation
killing by depriving of oxygen
ritual killing, sacrifice
the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
killing by electric shock
beheading, decapitation
killing by cutting off the head
genocide, race murder, racial extermination
systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
honor killing
an ancient tradition still sometimes observed; a male member of the family kills a female relative for tarnishing the family image
homicide without malice aforethought
execution, murder, slaying
unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
assisted suicide
suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible
an act of deliberate self destruction
hara-kiri, harakiri, harikari, seppuku
ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society
the act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband
the deliberate act of poisoning some person or animal with gas
killing someone by gunfire
choking, strangling, strangulation, throttling
the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
a great sacrifice; an ancient Greek or Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen
killing or offering as a sacrifice
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conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

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