Hanging vs Hempen - What's the difference?

hanging | hempen |

As adjectives the difference between hanging and hempen

is that hanging is suspended while hempen is made of hemp.

As a verb hanging

is .

As a noun hanging

is (uncountable) the act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide).




  • Adjective

  • Suspended.
  • The hanging vines made the house look older than it was.
  • (chess, of a piece) Unprotected and exposed to capture.
  • Derived terms

    * hanging garden * hanging loop * hanging participle


    (wikipedia hanging)
  • (uncountable) The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to execute that person (or to commit suicide).
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1728 , chapter = The Atheist, or, the Second Part of the Solider's Fortune , title = The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway , volume = 2 , first = Thomas , last = Otway , authorlink = Thomas Otway , location = London , page = 37 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=yF1AAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA37 , passage = No, Sir, 'tis fear of Hanging . Who would not ?teal, or do Murder, every time his Fingers itch'd at it, were it not for fear of the Gallows? }}
    Hanging is the punishment for one convicted of war crimes, there.
  • (countable) A public event at which a person is hanged.
  • The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.
  • (countable) Anything wide, high and rather thin that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins, wallpaper or posters).
  • The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.
  • (uncountable) The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.
  • I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.


    * (execution) (l)

    Derived terms

    * wall hanging

    See also

    * , portiere




  • Made of hemp.
  • * 1590: Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen (vol. 1)
  • In fowle reproch of knighthoods faire degree, / About his neck an hempen rope he weares, / That with his glistring armes does ill agree;
  • * 1891: Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company
  • A quiet land is this -- a land where the slow-moving Basque, with his flat biretta-cap, his red sash and his hempen sandals, tills his scanty farm ...
  • Related to hempen ropes, i.e., to hanging as capital punishment.
  • * 1904: Rafael Sabatini, The Tavern Night
  • ... but rid himself also of the companionship of this ruffianly Sir Crispin, to whom no doubt a hempen justice would be meted.
    English adjectives ending in -en