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Definition of Guillotine


  1. A machine for beheading a person by one stroke of a heavy ax or blade, which slides in vertical guides, is raised by a cord, and let fall upon the neck of the victim.
  2. Any machine or instrument for cutting or shearing, resembling in its action a guillotine.
  3. To behead with the guillotine.

Guillotine Quotations

There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine.
P. G. Wodehouse

In 1800, in the first interparty contest, the Federalists warned that presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson, because of his sympathy expressed at the outset of the French Revolution, was 'the son of a half-breed Indian squaw' who would put opponents under the guillotine.
Robert Dallek

A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
David Hockney

I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty.
Roseanne Barr

The guillotine was most effective and used until fairly recently.
Herbert Lom
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Guillotine Translations

guillotine in German is Schneidemaschine
guillotine in Spanish is guillotina, cortadora
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