Meaning of beheading in English:


Pronunciation /bɪˈhɛdɪŋ/


mass noun
  • The action of cutting off a person's head, especially as a form of execution.

    ‘the beheading of the aristocracy during the French Revolution’
    • ‘a public beheading’
    • ‘Most of these executions took the form of public beheadings.’
    • ‘Methods of execution in those countries included hanging, shooting, beheading, stoning, electrocution and lethal injection.’
    • ‘Public amputations of hands and feet are now common, and stonings and beheadings have been reported.’
    • ‘Execution by beheading was a common punishment in the Roman world - although one typically reserved for the 'better class' of criminal, such as Roman citizens.’
    • ‘History is filled with tyrants who chose banishment over beheading.’
    • ‘Two of the suspects had been condemned to death and faced public beheadings if their sentences were ratified.’
    • ‘During the interregnum following the beheading of Charles I in 1649, Parliament forced the submission of governments that supported the displaced Stuart monarchy.’
    • ‘The beheading of Charles resulted in many pubs in England being called "The Kings Head", but it is in Ireland that a pub of that name is associated with the actual beheading.’