Definition of death penalty in English:

death penalty

noun

  • The punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime.

    • ‘The public should have a say in whether the death penalty should be brought back.’
    • ‘For me the best argument I've heard for the death penalty is simply that a dead murderer never kills again.’
    • ‘So it's hard to support the death penalty as it is, in fact, being enforced.’
    • ‘So too, people state that it is less costly to implement the death penalty than to pay for life in prison.’
    • ‘While many also think the death penalty has a deterrent effect this is not the only motivation.’
    • ‘The charge wouldn't be murder, the state wouldn't request the death penalty if he survived.’
    • ‘He had said his clients should be spared the death penalty because they are mentally ill.’
    • ‘Unlawful attempts to unseat him amount to treason and carry the death penalty.’
    • ‘There is a world of difference between cold-blooded murder and the justice of the death penalty.’
    • ‘Those who resorted to theft faced the death penalty if they were caught.’
    • ‘The status of the victim is all important and the death penalty is a very selective way of punishing people.’
    • ‘I know I have a sense of vengeance, but how does that imply that I ought to support the death penalty?’
    • ‘The public wanted to retain the death penalty; parliament decreed its abolition.’
    • ‘In countries which apply the death penalty, even the right to life is not absolute.’
    • ‘Several of the children say they want the death penalty back, no doubt echoing what they have heard adults say.’
    • ‘We would need to amend regulations to replace the death penalty with other penalties.’
    • ‘In a country where the death penalty is still the ultimate sanction in some states, it is the end of the legal chain.’
    • ‘If convicted, however, he would have faced the death penalty since the homicide was intended.’
    • ‘Now the five are on trial for terrorism and subversion, charges that carry the death penalty.’
    • ‘Should we should also consider reinstating the death penalty for the most serious offences?’

Pronunciation:

death penalty

/ˈdeTH ˌpenəltē/