deathsman (n.) Old form(s): Deaths-man
executioner
2H6 III.ii.217[Warwick to Suffolk] I should rob the deathsman of his fee
3H6 V.v.67[Queen to Edward and George, of their future children] Look in his youth to have him so cut off / As, deathsmen, you have rid this sweet young Prince!
KL IV.vi.258[disguised Edgar to Gloucester, of Oswald] I am only sorry / He had no other deathsman
Luc.1001[Lucrece as if to time, of Tarquin] who so base would such an office have / As slanderous deathsman to so base a slave?
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