hanged

hanged
   "It was disclosed that a young white official had been found hanged to death in his cell" (New York Times). "Hanged to death" is a tautology. So too, for that matter, are "starved to death" and "strangled to death." The writer was correct, however, in saying that the official had been found hanged and not hung. People are hanged; pictures and the like are hung.

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  • hanged — hanged, hung In standard usage, the past tense and past participle of hang is hanged with reference to capital punishment and hung in other meanings. So curtains and pictures are hung but a convicted murderer is (or was) hanged. The distinction… …   Modern English usage

  • hanged — hanged; un·hanged; …   English syllables

  • hanged — (hăngd) v. Past tense and past participle of hang. See Usage Note at hang. * * * …   Universalium

  • hanged — (adj.) put to death by hanging, late 15c., pp. of HANG (Cf. hang). As an expletive, from 1887 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hanged — /hæŋd/ (say hangd) verb 1. past tense of hang. –adjective 2. subjected to the punishment of hanging: the hanged man. –phrase 3. be hanged, Colloquial (used in emphatic assertions): be hanged if I care; I ll be hanged if I ll go …  

  • Hanged — Hang Hang (h[a^]ng), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hanged} (h[a^]ngd) or {Hung} (h[u^]ng); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hanging}. Usage: The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when reference is had to death or execution by suspension, and it is also more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hanged — See hanged, hung …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • hanged —  , hung  People are hanged; objects are hung …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • hanged if, I'll be —  Emph. negative.    ♣ Hanged if I will! I won t under any circumstances! …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • Hanged, Drawn And Quartered — Supplice de Hugues le Despenser (manuscrit de Froissart) …   Wikipédia en Français

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