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ducking stool

a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was tied to be plunged into water.
Origin of ducking stool
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Such characters were also taken to the ducking stool and thoroughly doused in the water.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10) Burleigh James Bartlett
  • In 1741, old Rugby paid 2s 4d for a chair for the ducking stool.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • The ducking stool on Herring Creek had just been equipped, the year before, with new irons and so was in good repair.

  • The suggestive and usual place of storing the ducking stool, when not in use, was the church-yard.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • The ducking stool was used for punishing common scolds, refractory women and dishonest tradesmen, especially brewers and bakers.

  • The early Virginians did not hesitate to subject gossiping women to the harsh punishment of the ducking stool.

    Patrician and Plebeian Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • Stop her mouth, some of you; or, if she will scream, take her to the ducking stool.

    Legends of Longdendale Thomas Middleton
  • A ducking stool was a sort of a chair in which “common scolds” were formerly tied and plunged into water.

  • The ducking stool seems to have been placed on the lowest and most contempt-bearing stage among English instruments of punishment.

  • The ducking stool was specially designed for scolding women, though also used for other offenses.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
British Dictionary definitions for ducking stool

ducking stool

(history) a chair or stool used for the punishment of offenders by plunging them into water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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