What is guillotine?

  • (noun): Closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill.
    Synonyms: closure by compartment
    See also — Additional definitions below


The guillotine (/ˈɡɪlətiːn/ or /ˈɡiː.ətiːn/; ) is a device designed for carrying out executions by decapitation. It consists of a tall upright frame in which a weighted and angled blade is raised to the top and suspended. The condemned person is secured at the bottom of the frame, with his or her neck held directly below the blade. The blade is then released, to fall swiftly and sever the head from the body. The device is best known for its use in France, in particular during the French Revolution, when it "became a part of popular culture, celebrated as the people's avenger by supporters of the Revolution and vilified as the pre-eminent symbol of the Reign of Terror by opponents." However, it continued to be used long after the Revolution and remained France's standard method of judicial execution until the abolition of capital punishment by President François Mitterrand in 1981. The last person guillotined in France was Hamida Djandoubi, on 10 September 1977.

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Bodyslam - Guillotine Drop
... This move sees the attacking wrestler lift the opponent in a standing guillotine choke and to drop the opponent lower spine first to the mat ... A variation involving a standing double underhook rather than the guillotine choke also exists ...
Guillotine (magic Trick)
... The Guillotine is a magic trick where it appears that a blade of a guillotine passes through a person's neck without harming him/her ...
Guillotine - Living Heads
... From its first use, there has been debate as to whether the guillotine always provided a swift death as Guillotin had hoped ... As the guillotine was invented specifically to be humane, however, the issue was seriously considered ...
The Widow Of Saint-Pierre - Plot
... (Emir Kusturica), is sentenced to death by the guillotine ... However the island is so small that it has neither a guillotine nor an executioner ... When the guillotine finally arrives on the island, none of the islanders wants to be the one to trip the lever on the guillotine, thereby executing Auguste ...
Charles Henri Sanson - Supporter of The Guillotine
... Revolution, Sanson was instrumental in the adoption of the guillotine as the standard form of execution ... When the guillotine's prototype was first tested on April 17, 1792, at Bicêtre Hospital in Paris, Sanson himself led the inspection ... on April 25, 1792, Sanson inaugurated the era of the guillotine by executing the robber Nicolas Jacques Pelletier at the Place de Grève ...

More definitions of "guillotine":

  • (noun): Instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people.
  • (verb): Kill by cutting the head off with a guillotine.
    Example: "The French guillotined many Vietnamese while they occupied the country"

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