patibulary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin patibulum + -ary.

Adjective[edit]

patibulary (comparative more patibulary, superlative most patibulary)

  1. (now rare, chiefly humorous) Pertaining to the gallows or hanging.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.21:
      Masius [...] conceiveth thereby some kind of crucifixion, at least some patibulary affixion after he was slain, and so represented unto the people until toward the evening.
    • 1926, Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist (Ch. 18):
      And then, when he had finished his supper, he would get out his collection of patibulary treasures, . . . the various bits of gallows rope . . . .