Ex`e*cu"tion (?), n. [F. ex'ecution, L. executio, exsecutio.]

1.

The act of executing; a carrying into effect or to completion; performance; achievement; consummation; as, the execution of a plan, a work, etc.

The excellence of the subject contributed much to the happiness of the execution. Dryden.

2.

A putting to death as a legal penalty; death lawfully inflicted; as, the execution of a murderer.

A warrant for his execution. Shak.

3.

The act of the mode of performing a work of art, of performing on an instrument, of engraving, etc.; as, the execution of a statue, painting, or piece of music.

The first quality of execution is truth. Ruskin.

4. Law (a)

The carrying into effect the judgment given in a court of law.

(b)

A judicial writ by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect; final process.

(c)

The act of signing, and delivering a legal instrument, or giving it the forms required to render it valid; as, the execution of a deed, or a will.

5.

That which is executed or accomplished; effect; effective work; -- usually with do.

To do some fatal execution. Shak.

6.

The act of sacking a town.

[Obs.]

Beau. & FL.

 

© Webster 1913.

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