Death's-head

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Death's-head A naked human skull as the emblem of death; the head of the conventional personification of death. "I had rather be married to a death's-head with a bone in his mouth."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Death's-head the skull of a human skeleton, or a figure of it
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deáth; Ger. tod. See Dead and Die.

Usage

In literature:

It is a death's-head with a crown of roses.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
The inscriptions were on the front of the tomb, whence came also the death's head panels to be seen with the effigy now.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
This death's-head was given me for that of the prettiest woman in all Venice.
"The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche" by Anatole France
As I looked, horror struck, from one death's head to another, I was affected by a singular hallucination.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
The hideous death's head was now carried in the hand.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
A sword-cut had cleft young Grenfell's head and given him a painless death.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
She says one death's-head is enough for her and I quite see her point.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
He described poor Mrs. Bairr's death (I am speaking of the head-waiter before mentioned) in most vivacious Italian.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Within the box the great head lay in the surgeon's arms, the blood slowly dripping down, and the tiny death bubbles forming on the kindly lips.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
He is always holding exams up before you like a death's head at the feast.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Dungeon, The Death's-head, 60.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
A flat nose, and a very large mouth furnished with very long teeth, made him look like a death's head.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
It was a death's head; but it was not only the head.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
I tell thee, death by the spear hovers over this King's sunny head.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
A tangle of memories was stirring in Ginzburg's head, all relating to deaths and graves.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
It was chiefly as he rode home at night that he faced this death's-head future with young lips stiffening and eyes narrowed.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
As, however, he had no desire to be frozen to death, he turned his horse's head and made for the good city of Augsburg.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
THE DEATH'S-HEAD HAWK MOTH 205 98.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
In 1810, by his father's death, he became head of the firm.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
I sate for my picture, in which there is a Death's head, to Mr. Walker, that excellent painter.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn
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In poetry:

When on my head huge sorrows fell,
I sought his heav'nly aid;
He saved my sinking soul from hell,
And death's eternal shade.
"Psalm 66 part 2" by Isaac Watts
And all about the order'd beds
Wandered the South wind's listless breath,
Where roses droop'd their weary heads
And lilies white as death.
"A Contrast" by Cicely Fox Smith
And, shall we tamely now forego
The rights for which they bled!
And crouch beneath a minion's blow,
And basely bow the head?
Ah! no—it cannot, cannot be;
Death for us, or Liberty.
"The Lancashire Hymn." by Samuel Bamford
Or if too hard and deep
This learning be, for a scratch'd name to teach,
It as a given death's head keep,
Lovers' mortality to preach ;
Or think this ragged bony name to be
My ruinous anatomy.
"A Valediction of my Name in the Window" by John Donne
I. Snowy gem of the earth! whose fair modest head
Droops beneath the chill sigh of hoar winter 's cold breath;
Snowy gem of the earth! on thy pure sunless bed
I carelessly nearly had crush'd thee to death.
"The Snow-Drop" by Sydney Owenson
"You remember there's another,
Dearer far than all to me — Comrade, don't forget my mother,
For she is all expectancy.
Tell her that I met death bravely,
With the red sod for a bed,
And 'Old Glory' over head.
"A Message For Janett" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Barrera's cause of death is listed as "perforating gunshot wounds to back and head" and Phillip's as "perforating gun shot wound to head".
Junior Seau's Suicide: Will Head Trauma Liability Be NFL's Financial Death Knell .
Marzouk Abdel Rahim, a Cairo tile maker, stabbed his 25-year-old daughter to death at her boyfriend's house in 1997, then chopped off her head.
After putting the stops on a life headed toward death, Jake Moffat's ready to rock again.
Three Headed For Trial In Ashford Boy's Uzi Death.
Najia Sediqi, the acting head of women's affairs in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan, was on her way to work on Monday when she was shot to death by two motorcyclists.
Najia Sediqi, the acting head of women's affairs in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan , was on her way to work on Monday when she was shot to death by two motorcyclists.
A 2-year-old Mesa girl's tragic death in a hot mobile home Saturday could have been prevented if her mother had sought help, according to the head of a Mesa social-service agency.
Five Finger Death Punch's latest album 'American Capitalist ' is still going strong and the band is spending its summer months supporting the disc by heading up the 'Trespass America' tour.
Victim in Lansing New Year's Day beating death sustained blunt-force trauma to head, baton strikes to arm.
Man charged in subway rider's death blames voices in his head.
An 87-year-old ballerina heads this surprising theater in Death Valley Junction, Calif. Death Valley's Opera House .
An 87-year-old ballerina heads this surprising theater in Death Valley Junction, Calif. Death Valley's Opera House.
A South Dakota man who beat a prison guard with a pipe and covered his head in plastic wrap to kill him during a failed escape attempt was put to death Monday, in the state's first execution since 2007.
The Pentagon had asked the head of Gainesville's Dove World Outreach Center to reconsider but Saturday in front of about 20 spectators Jones burned the book to protest the imprisonment of a Christian pastor in Iran who may be put to death.
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