Part of speech: noun

A public executioner.

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Usage examples "hangman":

  1. But Tom walked forth apparently as sober as a judge, and as melancholy as a hangman. - "Ayala's Angel", Anthony Trollope.
  2. On September 27th, 1650, Clarkson's Single Eye: all Light, no Darkness, was condemned to be burnt by the hangman; and Clarkson himself not only sent to the House of Correction for a month, but sentenced to be banished after that for life under a penalty of death if he returned. - "Books Condemned to be Burnt", James Anson Farrer.
  3. I would not have minded blowing up the British government- that I could have done myself without any more sting of conscience than the hangman feels; but soldiers and seamen fight fairly and openly for their country's honor and rights, as they understand those things, and they should be met in the same manner. - "The Old Bell Of Independence; Or, Philadelphia In 1776", Henry C. Watson.