Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See beadsman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Same as beadsman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Obsolete form of beadsman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another

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Examples

  • ‘I was only coming to ask after your reverence,’ said the old bedesman, touching his hat; ‘and to inquire about the news from London,’ he added after a pause.

    The Warden

  • It was in vain that the late warden endeavoured to comfort the heart of the old bedesman; poor old Bunce felt that his days of comfort were gone.

    The Warden

  • Madden showed all the whole affair and said how that she was dead and how for holy religion sake by rede of palmer and bedesman and for a vow he had made to Saint Ultan of Arbraccan her goodman husband would not let her death whereby they were all wondrous grieved.

    Ulysses

  • When the bedesman had pray'd and the dead bell rung,

    Kilmeny

  • Then young Madden showed all the whole affair and said how that she was dead and how for holy religion sake by rede of palmer and bedesman and for a vow he had made to Saint Ultan of

    Ulysses

  • The grasp of old Ochiltree, who had appeared on the scene, roused Lovel to movement, and leaving M'Intyre to the care of a surgeon, he followed the bedesman into the recesses of the wood, in order to get away by boat the following morning.

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  • When the bedesman had pray’d and the dead bell rung,

    Kilmeny

  • A medieval underling writing to his superior often signs himself "your servant and bedesman."

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  • When the bedesman had prayed and the dead-bell rung;

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  • They take field after field, house after house; turn the farmer into the beggar, and the beggar into their bedesman.

    The King's Achievement

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