Etymology
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behead (v.)

"kill by decapitation," Old English beheafdian, from be-, here with privative force, + heafod "head" (from PIE root *kaput- "head"). Compare German enthaupten, Dutch onthoofden. Related: Beheaded; beheading.

updated on August 21, 2017

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Definitions of behead from WordNet

behead (v.)
cut the head of;
the French King was beheaded during the Revolution
Synonyms: decapitate / decollate
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