bourreau

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From bourrer (to hit).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bu.ʁo/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -o

Noun[edit]

bourreau m (plural bourreaux)

  1. torturer
  2. executioner, hangman (the person)
    Synonyms: exécuteur, guillotineur, taule, tranche-tête
    • 1640, Pierre Corneille, “Act 5, Scene 3”, in Horace:
      L'abandonnerez-vous à l'infâme couteau / Qui fait choir les méchants sous la main d'un bourreau ?
      Would you abandon him to the infamous blade / Which makes the wicked fall under the headman's hand?
  3. individual who lives extravagantly

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