beadsman


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beadsman

(ˈbiːdzmən) or

bedesman

n, pl -men
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who prays for another's soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
2. (Historical Terms) a person kept in an almshouse
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Noun1.beadsman - a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another
supplicant, prayer - someone who prays to God
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The beadsman (one who is paid to pray for others' sins) in the chapel represents someone who seeks truth without beauty.
As I am a beadsman, I give serious thought to the state of your soul.
Of course, the portrait of the beadsman is an emphatic image in The Eve.
Although the Giaour is mysteriously generous towards the monastery, "Great largess to these walls he brought", the beadsman finds his presence there oppressive: "But were I Prior, not a day/ Should brook such stranger's further stay" (Selected 193).
Wittgenstein also features prominently in The Broom of the System, where an old woman in a nursing home, Leonore Beadsman, is said to have studied with the philosopher at Cambridge.
If ever danger do environ thee, Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers, For I will be thy beadsman, Valentine.
Onyx, plastic, pearl and gold The Beadsman a Thousand Aves told.
The Christian basis of this contrast between asceticism and sensuousness also has its origins in Keats, for 'The Eve of St Agnes' begins and ends with the figure of the beadsman.
The chilly owl, the limping hare, the numb Beadsman, the
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The first character we meet is the beadsman, an old holy man praying in the cold chapel.