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death penalty a sentence of death as punishment for a crime; capital punishment.
death rate the number of deaths per unit of time for a given area or group.
death rattle a gurgling or rattling sound that sometimes issues from a dying person who can no longer cough up mucus in the throat; rale.
death row a part of a prison where prisoners awaiting execution are housed.
death's-head a human skull, or portrayal thereof, esp. as a symbol of death.
death's head moth a large European hawk moth that has markings on its back resembling a human skull.
death squad a group, such as a firing squad or hired assassins, that carries out executions, esp. political ones.
death tax see inheritance tax.
deathtrap a place or situation in which death could readily occur, such as an unsafe building.
death warrant an official authorization to carry out execution of a death sentence. [2 definitions]
deathwatch the act of waiting by or near the side of a dead or dying person. [3 definitions]
death wish a usu. unconscious desire for one's own or another's death.
deb (informal) a debutante.
debacle a sudden collapse into disaster; downfall. [3 definitions]
debar to shut out; exclude. [2 definitions]
debark1 to put or go ashore, as from a ship; disembark.
debark2 to take the bark off of (a log).
debase to reduce in value, quality, esteem, or character.
debatable open to debate or argument; doubtful.
debate a discussion of two opposing viewpoints, usu. in a formal meeting or assembly. [7 definitions]
debauch to lead or seduce into immorality or intemperance; corrupt. [3 definitions]