A public executioner who beheads condemned prisoners.(noun)
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Use "headsman" in a sentence
"The coward and the tyrant call the headsman at any provocation, and fall to him the same, Inaglione had written."
"The executioner who is called a headsman then walks forward approaching the chair from the rear."
"'Henceforward you shall no longer be called the headsman, but the last of the judges.'"