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Historical ContextPlay
The term can evoke historical methods of capital punishment, such as beheading or hanging. SlideThe executioner sharpened his axe, preparing for the beheading.
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Job SpecificityPlay
Executioner refers specifically to a person appointed to carry out death sentences, not other jobs. SlideDespite distaste for his job, the executioner fulfilled his grim duties.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
The word often carries a negative connotation, implying a grim or dark aspect of the role. SlideIn the movie, the executioner was portrayed as a cold-hearted individual.