Ducking-stool

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ducking-stool a stool or chair in which scolds were formerly tied and ducked in the water as a punishment
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dúcan, to duck, dive; Ger. tauchen, Dut. duiken.

Usage

In literature:

A few more such and her throne shall be a ducking-stool.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
This ducking stool was intended for the special benefit of vixens and scolding wives.
"Our Churches and Chapels" by Atticus
We had not known that it was a place of such associations as the words "Ducking-stool Point" indicated.
"Virginia: The Old Dominion" by Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
It is said that the ducking-stool was used in Virginia at one time.
"The Olden Time Series, Vol. 5: Some Strange and Curious Punishments" by Henry M. Brooks
Certainly ducks could not be coming to stool under such conditions.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster
Such characters were also taken to the ducking stool and thoroughly doused in the water.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
It gives a graphic description of a ducking-stool, and an account of a ducking in Virginia.
"Curious Punishments of Bygone Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Hurrying him to the County Wharf, they tarred and feathered him, set him in the ducking stool, and pelted him with stones and rotten eggs.
"Give Me Liberty" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Yet another type of Ducking-stool was called a tumbrel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
I'd give them both the ducking-stool if I could.
"A Woman's Burden" by Fergus Hume
DUCKING-STOOL, a stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied and plunged into water.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Ducking-stool-lane preserves its memory.
"A Month in Yorkshire" by Walter White
The ducking-stool appears to have been frequently employed.
"Literary Byways" by William Andrews
Sticks is as quiet as a village scold on board the ducking-stool.
"The Fire Trumpet" by Bertram Mitford
He conceived the grotesque idea that the ducking-stool would be about the thing.
"The Cassowary" by Stanley Waterloo
He maintained the county jail and the ducking-stool at his home while he held that office.
"Legends of Loudoun" by Harrison Williams
A little inland of the Ducking Stool a green hummock rose, topped by Government House.
"Down Under With the Prince" by Everard Cotes
In many places the ducking-stool was employed to punish offending bakers.
"England in the Days of Old" by William Andrews
In an elder day, Bridget would have graced a ducking-stool.
"The Sunset Trail" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Near the court-house, in every town, stood a ducking-stool, a whipping-post, a pillory, and a pair of stocks.
"The Colonial Cavalier" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
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In poetry:

It seeks not, in a brutish rage,
To flog the witless fool;
The rack, the pillory are gone,
The witches' ducking stool;
And Reason builds no gallows for
Heredity's poor tool.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
Eh? Oh, thank you. I will have a pint, Sir,
For talking's a day's work. Bet your life!
For when I show you ducking stool they had for women
By Goom, you'll wish you'd brought the wife.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
Nay, gentle brothers, blame them not --
Blame is the whip of fools --
For here again we mark in them
Heredity's poor tools,
The eld rings with their sires' demand,
Calling for ducking stools.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis

In news:

Of course I did not include pre-frontal lobotomies as treatments: justly discredited, they are no longer done—nor are bleeding and using ducking stools .
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