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deathsman

[ deths-muhn ]
/ ˈdɛθs mən /
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noun, plural deaths·men.Archaic.
an executioner.
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Origin of deathsman

First recorded in 1580–90; death + 's1 + man
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How to use deathsman in a sentence

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

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

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

    Zanoni|Edward Bulwer Lytton
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