tithingman

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tithing +‎ -man

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tithingman ‎(plural tithingmen)

  1. (law, historical) The chief of a tithing.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      [...] We that are wisely mounted higher
      Than constables, in curule wit,
      When on tribunal bench we sit,
      Like speculators, should foresee,
      From Pharos of authority,
      Portended mischiefs farther than
      Low proletarian tything-men [...]
  2. (obsolete) A ruler or leader of ten men; a decurion.
  3. (Britain, law) A peace officer; an underconstable.
  4. (US, Maryland and New England dialect, historical) A parish officer elected annually to preserve good order in the church during divine service, to make complaint of any disorderly conduct, and to enforce the observance of the Sabbath.
  5. A tithe proctor: a collector of tithes.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.