Definition of put someone to death in US English:

put someone to death

phrase

  • Kill someone, especially with official sanction.

    • ‘She would ask visitors entering the city of Thebes to answer a riddle and if they could not answer they would be put to death.’
    • ‘Remember, when Jesus challenged the authorities they put him to death.’
    • ‘It makes no difference whether you put a man to death by word or by sword.’
    • ‘And generally what happens is when people seek the death penalty, jurors tend to want more evidence if they're going to put somebody to death than otherwise.’
    • ‘I am still struggling with death penalty issues, as I can see where a case could be made that society is defending itself in putting someone to death.’
    • ‘Gordon's reply was that he and his supporters ‘had not yet determined to murder the king and put him to death, they only considered that they were absolved from their allegiance’.’
    • ‘Legend tells us that some made amazing escapes from the very clutches of those about to put them to death.’
    • ‘The acting, too, is well-suited to the demands of Greek theatre - particularly Matt Shapiro's portrayal of King Creon who is forced by the laws of Thebes to put Antigone to death for violating a religious decree.’
    • ‘While about one quarter of murder victims in Texas are black males, since 1976 only 0.4 percent of prisoners executed in Texas have been put to death for murdering black victims.’
    • ‘This is not achieved by objectifying murderers and putting them to death to serve as an example to others in the expectation that they might possibly be deterred thereby.’
    • ‘Caiaphas, described as ‘bloodthirsty’ in the film, blackmails Pilate into putting Jesus to death.’
    • ‘Longerich concurred, adding that Hitler's reference to the Slovakian Jews is significant because (as Hitler must by this time have known) they had been put to death in extermination camps.’
    • ‘So if they are put to death then they will not be able to re-offend and be a threat to society any longer.’
    • ‘And the third thing is, if he was put to death, it would have a devastating impact on his family.’
    • ‘But no one can put me to death if I play my music too loudly or invite my boyfriend over for the night.’
    • ‘Without a stay or clemency, Williams will be put to death at midnight Pacific Time.’
    • ‘The 8th Circuit's ruling stood, and after having evaded execution on six previously scheduled dates, Singleton was put to death on Tuesday.’
    • ‘A Briton on Death Row will have to wait until next week to hear whether he will be put to death by lethal injection.’
    • ‘Should either of you return to Prydyn for any reason and are discovered, as you certainly will be, you will be put to death.’
    execute, hang, send to the gallows, send to the gibbet, behead, guillotine, decapitate, electrocute, send to the electric chair, send to the chair, shoot, put before a firing squad, send to the gas chamber, gas, crucify, stone, stone to death
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