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guillotine

guil·lo·tine

guillotine

pronunciation:
gI l tin [or] gi tin
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a device having a sharp blade that is dropped vertically between two guide posts in order to sever the head of the condemned person underneath.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: guillotined, guillotines, guillotining
definition: to sever the head of (someone) with a guillotine.
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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