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doomsman

[doomz-muh n] /ˈdumz mən/
noun, plural doomsmen.
1.
Archaic. a judge.
Origin of doomsman
early Middle English
1150-1200
1150-1200; early Middle English domes man man of judgment; see doom, ’s1, -man
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  • On the eve of the fatal blow he moved his beard carefully from the reach of the doomsman's axe.

  • Only through Ulick's passion for this slip of a girl could the doomsman hope to control him.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • The doomsman caught it dexterously and fastened it on his breast.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • But the doomsman asked no questions; he spoke, lightly and carelessly, as was his wont.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • I await the hour when the people shall knell thee to the doomsman.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • He struck at the doomsman with his hunting-knife, but the latter caught his wrist with the grip of a wolf-trap.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • He tried to fix its bearings in his mind; if it were a fire it must indicate the neighborhood of the doomsman stronghold.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • An insolent question in the manner of its asking, but the doomsman's answer matched it well.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • And Luigi will adventure forth—it may be in a kind of divine folly—as a doomsman commissioned by God to free his Italy.

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • Perpetua watched him as calmly as a martyr of old days watched the advance of the doomsman.

    The Proud Prince Justin Huntly McCarthy

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