from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a carnifex or executioner, or a butcher.
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He was happy enough to seize the opportunity to relieve himself and handed over his wide-bladed carnificial sword (which I in theory was not supposed to touch) and his fuligin cloak (which I was forbidden to wear, though I was already taller than most of the journeymen) so that from a distance it would appear that there had been no substitution.
See my poor dexter, abridged to one thumb, one finger, and a stump, -- by the blow of my adversary's weapon, however, and not by any carnificial knife.
See my poor dexter, abridged to one thumb, one finger, and a stump, — by the blow of my adversary’s weapon, however, and not by any carnificial knife.
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