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  • n. Plural form of beadle.


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  • I have some of ’em in Limbo Patrum, and there they are like to dance these three days; besides the running banquet of two beadles, that is to come.

    Act V. Scene IV. The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth

  • For medieval German Jews, the community as a whole or paid beadles were responsible for burial, and communal alms were given to the sick.

    Philanthropy in the United States.

  • Thomas Dekker: At length a blind bear was tied to the stake, and instead of baiting him with dogs, a company of creatures that had the shapes of men and faces of Christians (being either colliers, carters, or watermen) took the office of beadles upon them, and whipped Monsieur Hunks till the blood ran down his old shoulders.

    Felicitous Words : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • The original beadles were all former members of Lord George Cavendish's regiment, the 10th Hussars.

    Elegant Shopping: Burlington Arcade

  • It is patrolled by Burlington Arcade beadles in over-the-top uniforms.

    Elegant Shopping: Burlington Arcade

  • Grey-headed beadles walk'd before, with wands as white as snow,

    Songs of Innocence

  • Grey-headed beadles walk'd before, with wands as white as snow

    Holy Thursday / Semana Santa

  • Further, a Faculty, which possessed very small faculties, made a decree against innate ideas, and afterwards another for them, without the said Faculty being informed, except by its beadles, of what an idea was.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • How pompously he marshals the children into their places! and how demurely the little urchins look at him askance as he surveys them when they are all seated, with a glare of the eye peculiar to beadles!

    Sketches by Boz

  • Whether he shall be put into the main road by constables, or by beadles, or by bell – ringing, or by force of figures, or by correct principles of taste, or by high church, or by low church, or by no church; whether he shall be set to splitting trusses of polemical straws with the crooked knife of his mind or whether he shall be put to stone – breaking instead.

    Bleak House


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