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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of ermine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Clothed or adorned with the fur of the ermine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Clothed with ermine; adorned with the fur of the ermine.
  • Invested with the judicial power, or with the office or dignity of a judge.


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  • He argued that however well the act of murder of the workers might seek to disguise itself, hiding behind masks and ermined gowns and the darkness of night, carrying a Bible in its hands, weeping crocodile tears, it could not but have as its partners, fraud, hypocrisy, anarchy and destruction.

    ANC Today

  • This is a masquerade of canards paraded by people who disguise their purposes by wearing ermined gowns, by weeping crocodile tears, by pretending to be as holy as the Bible, and by giving themselves a cloak of majesty even to the point of clothing this in pretensions of divinity.

    ANC Today

  • Oh, ermined Judge whose duty to society is, now, to doom the ragged criminal to punishment and death, hadst thou never, Man, a duty to discharge in barring up the hundred open gates that wooed him to the felon's dock, and throwing but ajar the portals to a decent life!

    Dickensian Verse

  • I will wander through Africa to hear about those who wore the mask of anarchy and killed the children of Africa, even as they wore ermined gowns of state, fervently claiming to be the men of the people.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Horse-fucking Catherine, ermined and brilliant, brought up to date.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • The peculiarities of the English ducal robes are sufficiently attended to, and sufficiently simplified; but the ermined part we esteem unfortunate

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810

  • Lyons County, and of Emporia particularly, after they have perused this book, if they come to the conclusion that they have no better material out of which to construct a district judge, to go out on the frontier and lassoo a wild Comanche Indian and bring him to Emporia and place him upon the ermined bench.

    The Twin Hells; a thrilling narrative of life in the Kansas and Missouri penitentiaries

  • Sleek magistrates and councillors in unaccustomed black suits and silver-buckled shoes, the provost ermined at their head, showed the way to the more actual, the more dignified embodiment of stern Scots law.

    Doom Castle

  • The green sod beneath them was ermined with daisies,

    Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z

  • Waitresses and ambassadors, flunkeys and bankers, ermined prelates and truck-drivers.

    Gray Lensman


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