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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hangman  \Hang"man\,  n.;  pl  {Hangmen}(?). 
  One  who  hangs  another;  esp.,  one  who  makes  a  business  of 
  hanging;  a  public  executioner;  --  sometimes  used  as  a  term  of 
  reproach,  without  reference  to  office.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hangman 
  n  :  an  executioner  who  hangs  the  condemned  person 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HANGMAN,  n.  An  officer  of  the  law  charged  with  duties  of  the  highest 
  dignity  and  utmost  gravity,  and  held  in  hereditary  disesteem  by  a 
  populace  having  a  criminal  ancestry.  In  some  of  the  American  States 
  his  functions  are  now  performed  by  an  electrician,  as  in  New  Jersey, 
  where  executions  by  electricity  have  recently  been  ordered  --  the 
  first  instance  known  to  this  lexicographer  of  anybody  questioning  the 
  expediency  of  hanging  Jerseymen 
 
 




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