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- ‘A keen historian he also spent considerable time searching for items of historical interest and even managed to locate a gibbet from an old gallows from which a young Irish lad was hung in 1832.’
- ‘Opinion was running hot and heavy, and gibbets, nooses, electric chairs and lethal injections were topics featuring prominently.’
- ‘As the three heretics walked to the gibbet, some young boys plunged sharp sticks through the cracks in the walkway.’
- ‘His crimes discovered, he was sentenced to be hanged from a gibbet which he himself had designed.’
- 1.1An upright post with an arm on which the bodies of executed criminals were left hanging as a warning or deterrent to others.
- ‘You can still see their bodies, swinging slowly on the gibbet outside, an example to all who would cross the Valley of Death.’
- ‘In 1796 the corpse of convicted murderer Francis Morgan was hung in chains from a gibbet as a sign to arriving convicts of their fate for bad behaviour.’
- ‘It was the custom then to hang a convicted man on the spot where he committed the crime, and then display the corpse on a gibbet beside the public highway.’
- ‘He was tried in a kangaroo court and hanged, his corpse left to rot on the gibbet for four years.’
- ‘Just to prevent any dissent (and possibly to settle a question of geography), Columbus had his ship's carpenter fix a gibbet to the staff-rail of his ship and told his men that anyone who suggested that they were not in India would be hanged.’
- 1.2the gibbetExecution by hanging.‘the four ringleaders were sentenced to the gibbet’
- ‘He called him a hero for whom ‘the gibbet has only increased his glory, and made him a martyr.’’
verbgibbets, gibbeting, gibbeted[with object]
1historical Hang up (a body) on a gibbet.‘Hangings were public affairs and sometimes the bodies were gibbeted - left on the noose after death as a sign of the consequences of crime.’execute by hanging, hang by the neck, send to the gallows, send to the gibbet, send to the scaffold, gibbet, put to death
- 1.1historical Execute (someone) by hanging.‘Most of the city's residents turned out to watch the executioner gibbet, hang, or burn the convicted.’hanging, gibbeting
- 1.2historical, archaic Subject to ridicule and derision.‘poor Melbourne is gibbeted in The Times’
- 1.1historical Execute (someone) by hanging.
Middle English from Old French gibet ‘staff, cudgel, gallows’, diminutive of gibe ‘club, staff’, probably of Germanic origin.
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