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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Executioner  \Ex`e*cu"tion*er\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  executes;  an  executer.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  One  who  puts  to  death  in  conformity  to  legal  warrant,  as  a 
  hangman. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  executioner 
  n  :  an  official  who  inflicts  capital  punishment  in  pursuit  of  a 
  warrant  [syn:  {public  executioner}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Executioner 
  (Mark  6:27).  Instead  of  the  Greek  word  Mark  here  uses  a  Latin 
  word  speculator,  which  literally  means  "a  scout,"  "a  spy,"  and 
  at  length  came  to  denote  one  of  the  armed  bodyguard  of  the 
  emperor.  Herod  Antipas,  in  imitation  of  the  emperor,  had  in 
  attendance  on  him  a  company  of  speculatores  They  were  sometimes 
  employed  as  executioners,  but  this  was  a  mere  accident  of  their 
  office.  (See  MARK,  GOSPEL  {OF}.) 
 




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