headsman headsman  /ˈhɛdz mən/


  • (n) an executioner who beheads the condemned person


  1. For a consideration from the condemned or his friends the headsman would leave a small piece of skin remaining so that the ignominy of complete decapitation was avoided.
  2. A temporary headsman was appointed to act as regent until Charlie's arms grew strong enough to swing an ax.
  3. Wound up to such a pitch that even the medieval headsman's ax, reintroduced by Nazis, has begun to seem tame.
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/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /