beldame

Part of speech: noun

A forbidding or evil old woman; hag.

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Usage examples "beldame":

  1. The old beldame gave our men a hard job, for she tried to make off to the forest, and called aloud: " Hind- Hind!" - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. Madam League, after struggling feebly for the past few years, a decrepit beldame, was at last dead and buried. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
  3. So Hope's bright torch more clearly shines, Amidst surrounding gloom, And, beldame Fortune vainly throws Her mantle o'er the tomb. - "Elegies and Other Small Poems", Matilda Betham.