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Beadsman   Listen

(pl. bedesmen)
A person who is paid to pray for the soul of another.  Synonym: bedesman.

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"Beadsman" Quotes from Famous Books

... Sampson,[D] and Rob Roy (like the eagle in his eyry), and Baillie Nicol Jarvie, and the inimitable Major Galbraith, and Rashleigh Osbaldistone, and Die Vernon, the best of secret-keepers; and in the Antiquary, the ingenious and abstruse Mr. Jonathan Oldbuck, and the old beadsman Edie Ochiltree, and that preternatural figure of old Edith Elspeith, a living shadow, in whom the lamp of life had been long extinguished, had it not been fed by remorse and "thick-coming" recollections; and that striking picture of the effects of feudal tyranny and fiendish pride, the unhappy ...
— The Spirit of the Age - Contemporary Portraits • William Hazlitt

... upon actual nightfall when the old man rose from his knees and, with the rising, put off the beadsman and put on the shrewd old Indian fighter. Followed some hurried counselings as to how we should proceed, and in these the hunter set the pace for us as his age and vast experience in woodcraft gave ...
— The Master of Appleby • Francis Lynde

Words linked to "Beadsman" :   prayer, supplicant, bedesman

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