Etymology
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execution (n.)

late 14c., "a carrying out, a putting into effect; enforcement; performance (of a law, statute, etc.), the carrying out (of a plan, etc.)," from Anglo-French execucioun (late 13c.), Old French execucion "a carrying out" (of an order, etc.), from Latin executionem (nominative executio) "an accomplishing," noun of action from past-participle stem of exequi/exsequi "to follow out" (see execute).

Specific sense of "act of putting to death" (mid-14c.) is from Middle English legal phrases such as don execution of deth "carry out a sentence of death." Literal meaning "action of carrying something into effect" is from late 14c. John McKay, coach of the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers (U.S. football team), when asked by a reporter what he thought of his team's execution, replied, "I think it would be a good idea." Executor and executioner were formerly used indifferently, because both are carrying out legal orders.

updated on March 07, 2019

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Definitions of execution from WordNet

execution (n.)
putting a condemned person to death;
Synonyms: executing / capital punishment / death penalty
execution (n.)
the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it;
Synonyms: performance / carrying out / carrying into action
execution (n.)
(computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer;
Synonyms: instruction execution
execution (n.)
(law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable;
Synonyms: execution of instrument
execution (n.)
a routine court order that attempts to enforce the judgment that has been granted to a plaintiff by authorizing a sheriff to carry it out;
Synonyms: writ of execution
execution (n.)
the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order;
Synonyms: implementation / carrying out
execution (n.)
unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being;
Synonyms: murder / slaying
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