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  • n. Plural form of hatchment.


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  • A leathern belt sustained a large and heavy sword on one side, and on the other that gay poniard which had once called Sir Piercie Shafton master, of which the hatchments and gildings were already much defaced, either by rough usage or neglect.

    The Monastery

  • The hatchments in the dining – room look down on crumbs, dirty plates, spillings of wine, half – thawed ice, stale discoloured heel – taps, scraps of lobster, drumsticks of fowls, and pensive jellies, gradually resolving themselves into a lukewarm gummy soup.

    Dombey and Son

  • The breakfast languishes when that is done, the violated hatchments are avenged, and Edith rises to assume her travelling dress.

    Dombey and Son

  • The company are cool and calm, and do not outrage the black hatchments of pictures looking down upon them, by any excess of mirth.

    Dombey and Son

  • We had a tent for the challengers, at each side of which hung what they called ESCOACHINGS, (like hatchments, which they put up when people die,) and underneath sat their pages, holding their helmets for the tournament.

    Cox's Diary

  • The Abbey Church was furnished with a magnificent screen, and many hatchments and heraldic tombstones.

    The History of Pendennis

  • If we are gentlefolks they will put hatchments over our late domicile, with gilt cherubim, and mottoes stating that there is “Quiet in Heaven.”

    Vanity Fair

  • When I looked round upon the storied monuments, the stately hatchments, the cold marble pomp, with which grandeur mourned magnificently over departed pride, and turned to this poor widow, bowed down by age and sorrow, at the altar of her God, and offering up the prayers and praises of a pious, though a broken heart, I felt that this living monument of real grief was worth them all.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • Of course, to get the good of it, one had to set one's eyes so as to throw out of focus many marks of modernism; but that adjustment would almost come of itself with a little study of quaint transoms, or of ancient hatchments, or, above all, of the time-worn stairway.

    Virginia: the Old Dominion

  • They carved their Lares and Penates on their house-fronts very curiously, with sun-dials and hatchments, sacred texts and legends of hospitality.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860


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