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beadsman

[ beedz-muhn ]
/ ˈbidz mən /
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noun, plural beads·men.Archaic.

a person who prays for another as a duty, especially when paid.
an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman.

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Origin of beadsman

1200–50; bead's man man of prayer; replacing Middle English bedeman.See bead, 's1, man
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beadsman

bedesman

/ (ˈbiːdzmən) /

noun plural -men

a person who prays for another's soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
a person kept in an almshouse
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