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death sentence

noun
     
Related topics: Law
death sentence [countable]
1SCL the official punishment of death, ordered by a judge:
He received a death sentence.
Premeditated murder carries (=is punished by) the death sentence.
2 something such as an illness that makes you sure you will die:
Cancer is no longer a death sentence.
3 an action or decision that is very harmful to someone or something:
In 1987, the government passed a death sentence on the river by granting permission for the new dam.

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