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[deths-muh n]
noun, plural deaths·men. Archaic.
  1. an executioner.
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Origin of deathsman

First recorded in 1580–90; death + 's1 + man1
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Examples from the Web for deathsman

Historical Examples

  • 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.