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DECAPITATION, punishment. The punishment of putting a person to death by taking off his head.

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In fact, the problem of multivalent meanings becomes the focus of the chapter on the Judith and her contradictory nature as heroine of liberty and threatening woman who decapitates her male victim.
The creature stalking the basements and tunnels beneath Chicago's Museum of Natural History in ``The Relic'' decapitates its prey and then eats choice parts of their brains.