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deathsman

[deths-muh n] /ˈdɛθs mən/
noun, plural deathsmen. Archaic.
1.
an executioner.
Origin of deathsman
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; death + 's1 + man1
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  • Nearer and nearer press the populace,—another moment, and the deathsman is defrauded.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • From his arms thou shalt start with horror, as from those of thy wronged father's betrayer,—perchance his deathsman!

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Flie lust, as the deathsman of the soule, and defile not the Temple of the holy ghost.

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