[deths-muh n]

noun, plural deaths·men. Archaic.

an executioner.

Origin of deathsman

First recorded in 1580–90; death + 's1 + man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deathsman

Historical Examples of deathsman

  • Nearer and nearer press the populace,—another moment, and the deathsman is defrauded.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

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

  • Flie lust, as the deathsman of the soule, and defile not the Temple of the holy ghost.