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beadsman (n.)

"one who prays for another's benefit," early 13c.; see bead (n.) + man (n.). Often a resident of a hospital or almshouse who was expected to pray for the founders and benefactors. Related: Beadswoman.

updated on April 24, 2017

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Definitions of beadsman from WordNet

beadsman (n.)
a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another;
Synonyms: bedesman
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