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EXECUTIONER. The name given to him who puts criminals to death, according to their sentence; a hangman.
     2. In the United States, executions are so rare that there are no executioners by profession. It is the duty of the sheriff or marshal to perform this office, or to procure a deputy to do it for him.

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The Cat's head began fading away the moment he was gone, and, by the time he had come back with the Dutchess, it had entirely disappeared; so the King and the executioner ran wildly up and down looking for it, while the rest of the party went back to the game.
Buckingham, the executioner of this angelic creature
The former executioner of Bethune, who has just been brought in here, assassinated by Spaniards, and who is now being confessed by an Augustine friar.
The old executioner of Bethune," muttered Grimaud; "a man between fifty-five and sixty, tall, strong, swarthy, black hair and beard?
The blade of a dagger was buried up to the hilt in the left side of the executioner.
Behind the executioner came, in the order in which they were to die, first Peppino and then Andrea.
The executioner made a sign, and his two assistants leaped from the scaffold and seized him.
During this time the executioner had raised his mace, and signed to them to get out of the way; the criminal strove to rise, but, ere he had time, the mace fell on his left temple.
In a little narrow corridor, near by, they showed us where many a prisoner, after lying in the dungeons until he was forgotten by all save his persecutors, was brought by masked executioners and garroted, or sewed up in a sack, passed through a little window to a boat, at dead of night, and taken to some remote spot and drowned.
Later, in his memoirs, the executioner recalled the encounter, writing how the condemned man smiled and relaxed after he greeted him with 'the casual warmth of my nightly greeting from behind the bar.
Along with Batarfi, the State Department also placed a Belgian citizen and a Briton suspected of being an IS executioner on its Specially Designated Global Terrorist List, a designation that allows the government to impose sanctions and freeze assets and property.
Back in the day, the r Old Town had only one executioner so his house had to be identified immediately in case his services were, uhmneeded.