[syn: decapitation, beheading]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Decapitation \De*cap`i*ta"tion\, n. [LL. decapitatio: cf. F.
The act of beheading; beheading.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: execution by cutting off the victim's head [syn:
2: killing by cutting off the head [syn: decapitation,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DECAPITATION, punishment. The punishment of putting a person to death by
taking off his head.