Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A list of prayers; specifically, before the Reformation, the list of the persons and objects for which prayers were said, read out by the preacher before the sermon. In “an order
[of Henry VIII., a. d. 1534]taken for preaching and bidding of the beads, in all sermons to be made within this realm,” mention is made of the church catholic, especially in England, of the king and royal family, of the bishops and clergy, of the nobility and entire temporalty (laity) of the kingdom, particularly of such as the preacher's devotion may prompt him to name, and of the souls of the faithful departed. The bead-roll was prohibited by Edward VI. in 1548. It has often been supposed by later writers to have had something to do with the recital of the beads or rosary.
- n. Figuratively, any list or catalogue; a long series.
- n. A rosary.
- n. In bookbinding, a brass roll with the edge cut in dots or beads, used in gilding.
- n. Also called bead-row.
- n. obsolete A catalogue of people whose souls are to be be prayed for.
- n. A catalogue of names; a pedigree, a long respected series.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (R. C. Ch.) A catalogue of persons, for the rest of whose souls a certain number of prayers are to be said or counted off on the beads of a chaplet; hence, a catalogue in general.
- From bead + roll. (Wiktionary)
““Charles Chattey” stood foremost on this black beadroll, and when this name was shouted by the stentorian lungs of one of the scourgers, a little duck-legged Londoner stood forth.”
“On fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.”
“More and more reluctantly Mr O'Connell will tell off the few lingering counters on his beadroll: but at length comes the last; after which he is left absolutely without resources for keeping the agitation alive, or producing any effect whatever.”
“On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled' are stable in our affections as is the sun in the firmament.”
“In our beadroll of the world's greatest writers I shall mention only one more, Goethe.”
“Awr beadroll geanes, awr chrisom clethes de laytle mend awr fare”
“Thereupon he began to reckon up a beadroll of faults against the”
“Thereupon he began to reckon up a beadroll of faults against the Quakers, telling me they were a rude, unmannerly people, that would not give civil respect or honour to their superiors, no not to magistrates; that they held many dangerous principles; that they were an immodest shameless people; and that one of them stripped himself stark naked, and went in that unseemly manner about the streets, at fairs and on market days, in great towns.”
The History of Thomas Ellwood Written by Himself
“On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled. ”
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