beheading vs decapitation what difference

what is difference between beheading and decapitation

English

Etymology

From behead +‎ -ing

Verb

beheading

  1. present participle of behead

Noun

beheading (countable and uncountable, plural beheadings)

  1. An instance of a person being beheaded.
    A large crowd gathered to see the beheading.
    The guillotine was meant to humanize beheadings, but allowed the French Revolution to execute people at an industrial rate.

Synonyms

  • decapitation
  • decollation

Translations

See also

  • subheading


English

Etymology

From French décapitation.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪkæpɪˈteɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun

decapitation (countable and uncountable, plural decapitations)

  1. Beheading; the act of beheading or decapitating.
    If the headsman’s axe was sharp and his aim was true, decapitation was a quick and relatively painless form of death
  2. The ousting or destruction of the ruling body of a government or other organization.
    A decapitation strike carried out by drone killed many of the country’s senior generals.
  3. (politics) The unseating of a senior politician.
    The decapitation of the Foreign Secretary was a significant publicity coup for the opposition.

Synonyms

  • beheading

Derived terms

  • decapitation strike

Translations


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