ducking stool

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ducking stool an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ducking stool a stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied, and plunged into water, as a punishment. See Cucking stool. The practice of ducking began in the latter part of the 15th century, and prevailed until the early part of the 18th, and occasionally as late as the 19th century.
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Usage

In literature:

Stocks for the men, a ducking-stool for women, and a pound for beasts.
"Life of Johnson" by James Boswell
And to-day we neither spread our cloaks on the mud for ladies to walk over nor treat them to the ducking-stool.
"Options" by O. Henry
Oh, I wish the ducking stool had never been abolished!
"The First Man" by Eugene O'Neill
The ducking-stool, for example, was an appliance for softening the female temper only.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
There was also a ducking stool on Wormeley's Creek in York County, and another at Lynnhaven in Lower Norfolk.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
There was a ducking-stool on the other side of the river, at Bank Side, in which scolds were ducked.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
The early Virginians did not hesitate to subject gossiping women to the harsh punishment of the ducking stool.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
The queen of them, indeed, I should have sent to the ducking-stool for a scold.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
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-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
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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 doneā€”nor are bleeding and using ducking stools .
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