executioner


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Synonyms for executioner

Synonyms for executioner

an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant

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When she got back to the Cheshire Cat, she was surprised to find quite a large crowd collected round it: there was a dispute going on between the executioner, the King, and the Queen, who were all talking at once, while all the rest were quite silent, and looked very uncomfortable.
The Greek king," he went on, "had no mercy on him, and the executioner bound his eyes.
He believed they were come to conduct him to the scaffold; so that when he saw merely and simply, instead of the executioner he expected, only his commissary of the preceding evening, attended by his clerk, he was ready to embrace them both.
The prisoner whom you there see pale, agitated, and alarmed, instead of -- as is the case when a curtain falls on a tragedy -- going home to sup peacefully with his family, and then retiring to rest, that he may recommence his mimic woes on the morrow, -- is removed from your sight merely to be reconducted to his prison and delivered up to the executioner.
Truly," cried the host, "misfortune is coming on our house; it is the former executioner of Bethune.
The executioner was got out of the way; a hole contrived under the floor of his apartment; I myself was beneath the funeral vault, which I heard all at once creak beneath his feet.
Sir Henry and Good also drew their pistols, Sir Henry pointing his at the leading executioner, who was advancing to carry out the sentence, and Good taking a deliberate aim at Gagool.
The executioner was only a sort of butcher of a little deeper dye than the rest.
My head is not one of those the executioner strikes off for disobedience.
The flogging was only just over, and the executioner was releasing from the flogging bench a stout man with red whiskers, in blue stockings and a green jacket, who was moaning piteously.
A gleam like that of lightning passed across the scaffold: it was the executioner raising his sword.
She herself was an executioner for the Fighting Groups, and, known as the Red Virgin, she became one of the inspired figures of the Revolution.
And the executioner said, "Thou dost not know who I am, I fancy?
I do not like your cold justice; out of the eye of your judges there always glanceth the executioner and his cold steel.
Some loose boards laid upon the ties supporting the rails of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners -- two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff.