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Definitionsformalized mechanical device used to behead people.
Usage: Queen Elizabeth I died of old age, but the Widow Capet (Marie Antoinette - not Elizabeth) was indeed beheaded by a guillotine.
Usage: They guillotined the murderer.
Noun. An elaborate device used to behead people. Usually associated with France, where it was the state method of execution from the time of the Revolution to the 20th century.
Verb. To behead by formalized execution.
Usage: Hitler guillotined people by beheading them on a mechanical device, but that device was not necessarily an actual guillotine.
Usage: Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine.
Usage: Queen Elizabeth was killed by the guillotine.
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