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  • n. Plural form of handmaid.

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Examples

  • She called her handmaids, four that served her in chief, who were daughters to her silver fountains, to her sacred rivers, and to her consecrated woods, to deck her apartments, to spread rich carpets, and set out her silver tables with dishes of the purest gold, and meat as precious as that which the gods eat, to entertain her guest.

    The Adventures of Ulysses

  • Venus is awful when despised, as the daughters of Proetus found: but her handmaids are the Graces, not the Furies.

    Westward Ho!

  • 'He called his handmaids and he bade them take the body of Hector and wash it and wrap it in two of the robes that Priam had brought.

    The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy

  • ‘He called his handmaids and he bade them take the body of Hector and wash it and wrap it in two of the robes that Priam had brought.

    Part I. Chapter XX

  • Proetus found: but her handmaids are the Graces, not the Furies.

    Westward Ho!, or, the voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the county of Devon, in the reign of her most glorious majesty Queen Elizabeth

  • A marriage between the two states of Sung and Lu having been arranged, the imperial clan states of Lu and Wei had certain duties to perform at the wedding, which took place in 583; and it is recorded that the latter sent "handmaids" The explanation given is a little involved, but it seems to throw some light on the marriage of sisters question.

    Ancient China Simplified

  • The attractive young women of reproductive age are the "handmaids"; the attractive but infertile middle-age women are the "wives"; the dark-skinned women of any age are domestic servants, and so on.

    Signs of the Times

  • Graces > (Three daughters of Jupiter, often described as the handmaids of Venus.

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

  • But an ingrained religious worldview makes it hard for them to be anything but handmaids and helpmeets.

    Diane Winston: Did Mad Men Get Religion?

  • She smiles sweetly at the emissary from Rome, glides gracefully up to him and thumps him in the stomach, snarls and rages; then, when her handmaids seem to have calmed her and taken away the dagger she's drawn from her garter, pulls a gun and tries literally to shoot the messenger.

    'Antony and Cleopatra' Offers a Striking Performance

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