instrument of punishment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n instrument of punishment an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
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    “Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.”

Usage

In literature:

It is thence that the marooners took their name, for marooning was one of their most effective instruments of punishment or revenge.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard Pyle
He bade them also call the tormentors to make ready the instruments of their craft, and await him in the place of punishment.
"The World's Desire" by H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
But he might become a terrible instrument of punishment.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
Any thing that passion could seize, and convert into an instrument of punishment, has been used; and, horrid to relate!
"An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, Particularly the African" by Thomas Clarkson
Every instrument of punishment should be banished, except the whip.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
The Count escaped punishment, but his instruments were hanged upon the scene of the crime.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
It is of no use punishing the instrument, and letting the instigator go free.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
There was, of course, an odd and comic side about the stocks as an instrument of punishment, which cannot belong to modern methods.
"Fragments of Two Centuries" by Alfred Kingston
Okiok looked at Norrak as he grasped the instrument of punishment.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
The instruments of vengeance and punishment are appointed, and the least of these am I.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
He was instrumental in having fixed on us one of the most terrible of army punishments.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
It is thence that the marooners took their name, for marooning was one of their most effective instruments of punishment or revenge.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
In the form of a whip it is less an instrument of punishment than a weapon.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
At Littlecote Hall it is spoken of as an instrument of domestic punishment.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
The arms and horses which you behold are the instruments of our punishment, as they were of our sins.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
Near this instrument of punishment rose two other engines of torture, devised with ingenious ferocity.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
Why should I not be the instrument of God's punishment on that man?
"The Honour of Savelli" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
The instrument of the murder is quickly overtaken by punishment.
"The History of Antiquity" by Max Duncker
I always understood that it was employed as an instrument of domestic punishment.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 107, November 15, 1851" by Various
The two stories which follow show that transformation was sometimes regarded as an instrument of divine punishment for sins committed.
"Human Animals" by Frank Hamel
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In news:

Explore the world of the macabre and marvel at the horrendous means of ancient punishment at this museum, housed in a small, dungeon-esque building where the gruesome, working instruments are on full display.
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