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ducking stool

a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was tied to be plunged into water.
Origin of ducking stool
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • At the present time, in some parts of America, scolding females are liable to be punished by means of the ducking-stool.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • In the Nottinghamshire records are traces of the ducking-stool at Southwell and Retford.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • The latest recorded instance of the ducking-stool being used in England occurred at Leominster.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • The last time the Bristol ducking-stool was used was, it is said, in the year 1718.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • He conceived the grotesque idea that the ducking-stool would be about the thing.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • She was committed for trial at the assizes, as the magistrate had no ducking-stool.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • This contrivance, to-day unknown, was once quite familiar to English civilization, and was called the "ducking-stool."

  • Behind Winchester House was the ducking-stool for sousing scolds in the river.

    Medival London William Benham
  • The pillory or stocks, whipping post, and ducking-stool were maintained at every county seat, and were familiar objects to all.

    The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • A ducking-stool had been already established in each county.

British Dictionary definitions for ducking-stool

ducking stool

(history) a chair or stool used for the punishment of offenders by plunging them into water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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