• WordNet 3.6
    • n beheading killing by cutting off the head
    • n beheading execution by cutting off the victim's head
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ghengis Kahn's first conquered land was an act of retaliation. Kahn sent a group of traders on a peaceful mission to Transoxiana. The governor there beheaded their leader and sent the others back to Kahn with their beards cut off. So Kahn attacked them and continued to onward until most of Asia and Europe were his.
    • n beheading The act of cutting off the head; specifically, execution by decapitation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1800s, the Chinese believed that strangling a man was less sever a punishment than beheading because the body would not be permanently disfigured.
    • Beheading the act of cutting off the head
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  • Herman Melville
    “The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.”


In literature:

Far different is the second episode when Catherine is about to be beheaded.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
Some of these were hanged, some beheaded, others banished, and others condemned to the gallies.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 5" by Robert Kerr
Eighteen were beheaded ere the headsman came to Vagn.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
The King, enraged, ordered him to go back at once, bring his daughter in chains, and behead her on the spot.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
He was accordingly beheaded, and, his body being burnt, his ashes were cast into the river (June 3, 851).
"Christianity and Islam in Spain (756-1031)" by Charles Reginald Haines
Alexander, pursued by the implacable wrath of Usbeck, was finally taken and beheaded.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Behead a kind of sword, and leave a fluid for burning.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878" by Various
The apostle, when he returned to Safra in his way to Medina, ordered Ali to behead two of his prisoners.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
He was afterwards beheaded as a traitor at Milan (1425).
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
She desired to have been beheaded, giving this reason, that it was less painful and less shameful.
"Woman's Life in Colonial Days" by Carl Holliday
Those implicated were, after speedy trial, crucified or beheaded.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
As he, trusting in his favor among the citizens, did not obey the order, the governor condemned him to be beheaded.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVII, 1609-1616" by Various
Lord Thomas Howard, second son of the Duke of Norfolk beheaded in 1572, commanded in chief.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Bragadino saw his officers beheaded before the Pasha's tent.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The Duke of Somerset promised to build another for the people, but was beheaded before he could fulfil his promise.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
He was immediately beheaded; and his death put an end to the increasing disturbances of civil war.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus
He let the heathen seize him, and soon after this was beheaded.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
My whole is a fish, but if you behead An exclamation will be left instead.
"Harper's Young People, July 13, 1880" by Various
Behead an article of dress, and leave an animal.
"Harper's Young People, July 20, 1880" by Various
He decided that she should be beheaded.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

And butterflies—each with a face
Of faery on its wings—that seem
Beheaded pansies, softly chase
Each other down the gloom and gleam
Trees interspace.
"Overseas" by Madison Julius Cawein
We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty
If we say we can, we’re lying.
If we say No, we don’t see it,
That No will behead us
And shut tight our window onto spirit.
"Zero Circle" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

In news:

A hearing to determine the mental competency of a man charged with first-degree murder in the killing and beheading of his son has been rescheduled.
A North Carolina man serving a 45-year sentence for a terror plot to attack a US Marine base and overseas targets has been found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot to behead witnesses who testified against him.
Brother pleads guilty in US beheading plot.
That informant took the money and later provided faked pictures appearing to show the targeted witness beheaded and lying in a shallow grave.
(AP) — The brother of a terror suspect serving 45 years in prison for planning to attack a Marine base has pleaded guilty to plotting to behead a witness in his brother's case.
Brother pleads guilty in NC beheading plot.
I Made "Error" in Beheadings Claim.
Newest Hairwasher-Z Robot Recalled After Tragic Beheadings.
MERCER COUNTY — Marie Antoinette, who was later beheaded, supposedly said "Let them eat cake".
One Somali journalist was shot dead by gunmen on Friday while a second journalist was beheaded and his body dumped in the street, officials and residents said, two attacks that bring the number of Somali journalists killed this year to 15.
FBI staged 'hit' in NC beheading plot.
Terrorist 's brother pleads guilty in beheading plot.
Detail of Caravaggio's Beheading of John the Baptist.
UN workers were shot and beheaded, and as I said before 6 American Soldiers were killed.
Indian man unrepentant after beheading daughter.