guillotine

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English[edit]

The official Luxembourg guillotine, last used 1821

Etymology[edit]

From French guillotine, after Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who proposed its use for capital punishment.

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Noun[edit]

guillotine (plural guillotines)

  1. A machine used for the application of capital punishment by decapitation, consisting of a tall upright frame from which is suspended a heavy diagonal-edged blade.
  2. A device used for cutting stacks of paper to straight edges, usually by means of a hinged blade attached to a flat platform.
  3. A cloture; a motion that debate be ended and a vote taken.

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guillotine (third-person singular simple present guillotines, present participle guillotining, simple past and past participle guillotined)

  1. (transitive) To execute, cut or cut short (a person, a stack of paper or a debate) by use of a guillotine.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

After Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who proposed its use for capital punishment.

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Noun[edit]

guillotine f (plural guillotines)

  1. guillotine

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guillotine

  1. first-person singular present indicative of guillotiner
  2. third-person singular present indicative of guillotiner
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of guillotiner
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of guillotiner
  5. second-person singular imperative of guillotiner

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Verb[edit]

guillotine

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of guillotinar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of guillotinar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of guillotinar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of guillotinar.