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executioner

executioner

noun

  1. an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuance of a legal warrant.
  2. a person who executes an act, will, judgment, etc.

noun

  1. an official charged with carrying out the death sentence passed upon a condemned person
  2. an assassin, esp one appointed by a political or criminal organization
n.

“headsman,” 1560s; “one who carries into effect,” 1590s; agent noun from execution.

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