Betekenis van:

Zelfstandig naamwoord
  • strafwerktuig om misdadigers op te hangen
  • an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging




  1. The criminal was sent to the gallows.
  2. The gallows were already standing on the square.
  3. Jonathan was sentenced to death and brought to the gallows.
  4. The 'Pythons' are famous for their gallows humour.
  5. In truth, a man who renders everyone their due because he fears the gallows, acts under the sway and compulsion of others, and cannot be called just. But a man who does the same from a knowledge of the true reason for laws and their necessity, acts from a firm purpose and of his own accord, and is therefore properly called just.
  6. You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.