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[mass noun] The action of cutting off a person's head, especially as a form of execution:‘the beheading of the aristocracy during the French Revolution’[count noun] ‘a public beheading’
- ‘Two of the suspects had been condemned to death and faced public beheadings if their sentences were ratified.’
- ‘Methods of execution in those countries included hanging, shooting, beheading, stoning, electrocution and lethal injection.’
- ‘The beheading of Charles resulted in many pubs in England being called "The Kings Head", but it is in Ireland that a pub of that name is associated with the actual beheading.’
- ‘History is filled with tyrants who chose banishment over beheading.’
- ‘During the interregnum following the beheading of Charles I in 1649, Parliament forced the submission of governments that supported the displaced Stuart monarchy.’
- ‘Most of these executions took the form of public beheadings.’
- ‘Execution by beheading was a common punishment in the Roman world - although one typically reserved for the 'better class' of criminal, such as Roman citizens.’
- ‘Public amputations of hands and feet are now common, and stonings and beheadings have been reported.’
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