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If the executioner goes, my package will never be made public. If he doesn't go, it will be made public exactly fifty years from the day the bill for a moratorium on capital punishment is defeated.
Caryl Chessman

Meaning of "capital punishment" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Capital punishment is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Capital punishment

Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The judicial decree that someone be punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual enforcement is an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offenses. The term capital originates from the Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head". Capital punishment has, in the past, been practiced by most societies, as a punishment for criminals, and political or religious dissidents. Historically, the carrying out of the death sentence was often accompanied by torture, and executions were most often public. Currently 58 nations actively practice capital punishment, 98 countries have abolished it de jure for all crimes, 7 have abolished it for ordinary crimes only, and 35 have abolished it de facto. Amnesty International considers most countries abolitionist; overall, the organisation considers 140 countries to be abolitionist in law or practice. About 90% of all executions in the world take place in Asia.

Definition of capital punishment in the English dictionary

The definition of capital punishment in the dictionary is the punishment of death for a crime; death penalty.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

capital expenditure
capital formation
capital gain
capital gains tax
capital gearing
capital goods
capital investment
capital levy
capital market
capital movement
capital offence
capital reserves
capital sentence
capital ship
capital stock
capital structure
capital sum
capital surplus
capital transactions
capital transfer tax

WORDS THAT END LIKE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

accomplishment
advertisement
astonishment
attachment
catchment
detachment
embellishment
encroachment
enrichment
establishment
impeachment
nourishment
parchment
punishment
ravishment
refreshment
refurbishment
replenishment
retrenchment
the Establishment
writ of attachment

Synonyms and antonyms of capital punishment in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «capital punishment» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Find out the translation of capital punishment to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of capital punishment from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «capital punishment» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

死刑
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pena capital
570 millions of speakers

English

capital punishment
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मौत की सज़ा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عُقُوبَةُ الإعْدَام
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

смертная казнь
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pena de morte
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মৃত্যুদণ্ড
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

peine capitale
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Hukuman mati
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Todesstrafe
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

死刑
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

사형
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Hukuman mati
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

án tử hình
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மரண தண்டனை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

फाशीची शिक्षा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Ölüm cezası
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pena capitale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kara śmierci
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

смертна кара
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pedeapsă capitală
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

θανατική ποινή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

doodstraf
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

dödsstraff
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dødsstraff
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of capital punishment

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CAPITAL PUNISHMENT»

The term «capital punishment» is quite widely used and occupies the 50.229 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CAPITAL PUNISHMENT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about capital punishment

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10 QUOTES WITH «CAPITAL PUNISHMENT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word capital punishment.
1
Steve Allen
If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.
2
Aldrich Ames
I knew quite well, when I gave the names of our agents in the Soviet Union, that I was exposing them to the full machinery of counterespionage and the law, and then prosecution and capital punishment.
3
Reza Aslan
There's only one reason to be crucified under the Roman Empire, and that is for treason or sedition. Crucifixion, we have to understand, was not actually a form of capital punishment for Rome. In fact, it was often the case that the criminal would be killed first and then crucified.
4
Richard Attenborough
I am passionately opposed to capital punishment, and I have been all my life.
5
A. S. Byatt
There are things I take sides about, like capital punishment, which it seems to me there is only one side about: it is evil. But there are two or three sides to sexual harassment, and the moment you get into particular cases, there is injustice in every conceivable direction. It's a mess.
6
Tony Campolo
I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on the Mount and not come out against capital punishment.
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Caryl Chessman
If the executioner goes, my package will never be made public. If he doesn't go, it will be made public exactly fifty years from the day the bill for a moratorium on capital punishment is defeated.
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Clint Eastwood
Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.
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Geoffrey Fisher
The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment is very unfair to anyone meditating murder.
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Henry Ford
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CAPITAL PUNISHMENT»

Discover the use of capital punishment in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to capital punishment and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Capital Punishment
Capital Punishment is a thrilling journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart.
Robert Wilson, 2013
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Capital Punishment
Explains what capital punishment is, what methods have been used in the past and present, and explores arguments for and against it.
Anne Rooney, 2005
3
Capital Punishment: A Reference Handbook
Highlights: - A chronology, biographies, glossary, and index are included- Lists of organizations and print and nonprint resources complete the volume
Michael Kronenwetter, 2001
4
Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have Capital ...
Experts on both side of the issue speak out both for and against capital punishment and the rationale behind their individual beliefs.
Hugo Adam Bedau, Paul G. Cassell, 2005
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Capital Punishment
Examines the fundamental questions surrounding the issue of capital punishment today.
Alex Woolf, 2004
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The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment
In The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment, Frank Zimring reveals that the seemingly insoluble turmoil surrounding the death penalty reflects a deep and long-standing division in American values, a division that he predicts will ...
Berkeley Franklin E. Zimring William G. Simon Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Research Program University of California, 2003
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Capital Punishment in America: A Balanced Examination
This text challenges students to evaluate their beliefs and assumptions on each of the various issues surrounding this controversial subject.
Evan Mandery, 2011
8
Capital Punishment: A Bibliography with Indexes
Anyone researching this area of criminal justice will find this book an important tool as it offers easy access to the most relevant works about capital punishment.
C. Cliff, 2003
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Capital Punishment
Discusses the issues surrounding capital punishment, including the questions of whether it works as a deterrent and whether it should be allowed at all.
Paul Almonte, Theresa Desmond, 1991
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Capital Punishment
"Please see the attached text file"--
Joseph A. Melusky, Keith A. Pesto, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CAPITAL PUNISHMENT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term capital punishment is used in the context of the following news items.
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Court should revisit capital punishment
There is no way to know how this divided court would rule if they brought a capital punishment case up for consideration. But the life and death ... «Mankato Free Press, Jul 15»
2
Panel on capital punishment found near Usilampatti
A rare panel depicting capital punishment and two 13{+t}{+h}Century Tamil records of Pathinenvishayam , a mercantile group, have been found ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
3
Cyprus and capital controls: Capital punishment
Although Greece's banks are closed this week due to the country's brinkmanship with its creditors, there is at least some good news to be found ... «Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide, Jul 15»
4
The Charleston church shooter and capital punishment
It is fitting, if late, that South Carolina's political leaders seem ready to evict the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state Capitol in ... «Statesman Journal, Jul 15»
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Capital Punishment: Ohio Looks Overseas in Search for Lethal Drugs
COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ... «The Ledger, Jul 15»
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On the way out—with grisly exceptions
And though most Chinese are still thought to approve of capital punishment for murder, revulsion has grown as the media expose wrongful ... «The Economist, Jul 15»
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Big Pun's "Capital Punishment" CD & LP Re-Release
“Beware” and “Dream Shatterer” are great examples of Big Pun at his best: dark cinematic production with just enough room to let him breathe ... «Rhyme Junkie, Jul 15»
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Jon Stewart Congratulates Conservatives on Capital Punishment
While liberals got the news they were hoping for out of the nation's top court last week — Obamacare holding up and gay marriage being made ... «TheWrap, Jul 15»
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New Challenge to Constitutionality of Capital Punishment
The result is that, once again, two members of the Supreme Court have raised the fundamental issue whether capital punishment is ever a ... «Daily Signal, Jun 15»
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Capital Punishment Is Hard to Abolish. Pennsylvania's Death …
The Republican-dominated Pennsylvania House recently voted in favor of a resolution condemning the death penalty moratorium enacted by ... «The New Republic, Jun 15»

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