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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bondsman  \Bonds"man\,  n.;  pl  {Bondsmen}.  [Bond,  a.  or  n.  + 
  man.] 
  1.  A  slave;  a  villain;  a  serf;  a  bondman. 
 
  Carnal,  greedy  people,  without  such  a  precept,  would 
  have  no  mercy  upon  their  poor  bondsmen.  --Derham. 
 
  2.  (Law)  A  surety;  one  who  is  bound,  or  who  gives  security, 
  for  another. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bondsman 
  n  1:  a  male  slave  [syn:  {bondman}] 
  2:  someone  who  signs  a  bond  as  surety  for  someone  else  [syn:  {bondswoman}] 
  3:  a  male  bound  to  serve  without  wages  [syn:  {bondman}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BONDSMAN,  n.  A  fool  who  having  property  of  his  own  undertakes  to 
  become  responsible  for  that  entrusted  to  another  to  a  third 
  Philippe  of  Orleans  wishing  to  appoint  one  of  his  favorites,  a 
  dissolute  nobleman,  to  a  high  office,  asked  him  what  security  he  would 
  be  able  to  give  "I  need  no  bondsmen,"  he  replied,  "for  I  can  give 
  you  my  word  of  honor."  "And  pray  what  may  be  the  value  of  that?" 
  inquired  the  amused  Regent.  "Monsieur,  it  is  worth  its  weight  in 
  gold." 
 
 




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