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guil·lo·tine

guillotine

 
pronunciation:
gI l tin [or] gi tin
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a device having a sharp blade that is dropped between two guide posts to execute a person by chopping off his or her head.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: guillotines, guillotining, guillotined
definition: to chop off the head of with a guillotine.
The king ordered that the murderer be guillotined.
Word History
In 1789, a French physician, Joseph Guillotin, came up with a new means of execution. The first guillotine was built two years later. It was used to execute many people during the French Revolution (1789-1799).
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