Hanging is killing a person by suspending them from the neck with a noose or ligature. Hanging has been a common method of capital punishment since the Middle Ages, and is the primary execution method in numerous countries and regions. The first known account of execution by hanging is in Homer's Odyssey.[1] Hanging is also a method of suicide.

Detail from a painting by Pisanello, 1436–1438

The past and past participle of hang in this sense is hanged rather than hung.

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