The verb execute has 2 different but somewhat opposite meanings: to run and to kill.
Plus, there are at least 3 words derived from this verb:
executive: a person who runs an organization;
executor: a person who executes a will;
executioner: a person who kills criminals;
I'm having a hard time remembering which is which. I'd like to understand where it means "to run" and where "to kill". To be specific, my questions are:
Is it always true that executor means "runner" and executioner means "killer"?
What can be run by an executor? Can we say command executor, law executor, plan executor, etc.? Can we say business executor instead of business executive?
Does executable mean "can be run", "can be killed", or either depending on context? I think we can say executable programs, but can we say executable criminals?
Same but for executive (when used as adjective). For example, in these sentences:
His executive skills will be very useful.
The executive process went smoothly.
Is it clear if executive here means "running a business" or "killing someone"?
When someone mentions "the power of execution", are we sure it's about leadership but not a firing squad?