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An executioner, especially one who executes by beheading.


n, pl -men
(Historical Terms) (formerly) an executioner who beheaded condemned persons


(ˈhɛdz mən)

also headman

n., pl. -men.
a public executioner who beheads condemned persons.
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Noun1.headsman - an executioner who beheads the condemned personheadsman - an executioner who beheads the condemned person
executioner, public executioner - an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant


(o.f.) [ˈhedzmən] N (headsmen (pl)) → verdugo m
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In that grand order of battle in which Captain Ahab would probably marshal his forces to descend on the whales, these three headsmen were as captains of companies.
Clay Wood, "Joseph [father of the protagonist of Warren's poem], Eagle-from-the-Light, Big-Thunder and several less prominent chiefs, and headsmen,--with their followers,--were not parties to the treaty of '63: have never acknowledged its binding force, or accepted any of its privileges or benefits.
Deng, however, said the education ministry is determined to develop the basic education sector, capital investment, alternative education system, gender equity and access for all, basic teacher education and professional development and capacity building of headsmen in educational institutions.