Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A judge; an umpire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A judge; an umpire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A judge; an umpire.

Etymologies

See doom and man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As an aside: the original meaning of "doom" was "law or judgment" and a judge in those Anglo-Saxon days was called a doomsman.

    B-U-S-H Spells D-O-O-M

  • "Then shalt thou die," said Sapricius; and he bade the doomsman take her to the place of execution and strike off her head.

    A Child's Book of Saints

  • Then she bowed her head, and the sword of the doomsman fell.

    A Child's Book of Saints

  • At the place of execution, Dorothea begged the doomsman to tarry a little, and kneeling by the block, she raised her hands to heaven and prayed earnestly.

    A Child's Book of Saints

  • Ivan acts merely as the instinctive doomsman of Nature or of God, and the old village Pope, who, as the veil of life grows thin, is feeling after the law above human law, justifies the wielder of the axe, which has been no instrument of vengeance but simply an exponent of the wholesome vitality of earth.

    Robert Browning

  • Here the poet's imagination is as intense in its presentation of Christ the doomsman:

    Robert Browning

  • Then receiveth he penance for every sin [as] enjoined by his doomsman [124] that is grounded in Holy Church by the teaching of the Holy Ghost.

    Revelations of Divine Love

  • Under no circumstances could the poor wretch tell the tale or identify either the prisoners or their doomsman.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • Perpetua watched him as calmly as a martyr of old days watched the advance of the doomsman.

    The Proud Prince

  • Guinevere, when she meets her lover, rescuer, and doomsman, is no longer a girl, and Lancelot is almost a boy.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

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