Beheading

Beheading
   A person was most often beheaded with a guillotine, ax or sword. Often, beheading by ax or sword could be very painful and take several blows. It was not uncommon for the victim to receive blows to the shoulder or scalp before a lethal blow was finally administered. See Fallbrett, Torture and Ordeals.

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  • beheading — ▪ punishment       a mode of executing capital punishment by which the head is severed from the body. The ancient Greeks and Romans regarded it as a most honourable form of death. Before execution the criminal was tied to a stake and whipped with …   Universalium

  • Beheading — Behead Be*head , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beheaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beheading}.] [OE. bihefden, AS. behe[ a]fdian; pref. be + he[ a]fod head. See {Head}.] To sever the head from; to take off the head of. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beheading — noun An instance of at least one person being beheaded. A large crowd gathered to see the beheading Syn: decapitation …   Wiktionary

  • Beheading the Chinese Prisoner — also known as Beheading a Chinese Prisoner , was a 1900 silent film produced by Siegmund Lubin. The 42 second long film, which was inspired by news reports of the Boxer Rebellion, was produced on the roof of the Lubin Studios building in Philade …   Wikipedia

  • Beheading of a King — Beheading of a King …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Beheading of St. John the Baptist — This article is about the biblical event and the liturgical commemoration of it. For the Caravaggio painting, see The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (Caravaggio). Icon of the Beheading of John the Baptist (Museum of Icons, Recklinghausen).… …   Wikipedia

  • Beheading video — Colloquial term in the U.S. popularized during the War on Terror for videos released by Islamist militant groups depicting interviews by hostages taken by said groups. The prelude to these videos usually show the subject alive and pleading for… …   Wikipedia

  • Beheading the Chinese Prisoner — Filmdaten Originaltitel Beheading the Chinese Prisoner Produktionsland USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • beheading — John the Baptist was beheaded by order of Herod Antipas (Mark 6:27), and, probably, the apostle James by Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:2), but it was not the form of capital punishment permitted in the Jewish Law, which was stoning (Lev. 20:27) …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • beheading — n. decapitation be·head || bɪ hed v. decapitate, chop off someone s head …   English contemporary dictionary

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