Deemster

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deemster dēm"stẽr A judge in the Isle of Man who decides controversies without process.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deemster A judge; one who pronounces sentence or doom; specifically, the title of two judges in the Isle of Man who act as the chief justices of the island, the one presiding over the northern, the other over the southern, division. Compare doomster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Deemster one who pronounces judgment, a judge—esp. one of the two in the Isle of Man
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Deem, + -ster,; i. e., doomster. Cf. Dempster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. déman, to form a judgment—dóm, doom.

Usage

In literature:

And this I can say with the less hesitation as I rely on the power of a deemster.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 30, 1891" by Various
Doris had been reading books on the subject, and had been talking with Mrs. Deemster.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
It was not the Deemster only who feared he might lay hands on his own flesh and blood.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
His deemsters and barons are about him, and his people are on the sward below.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Ye'll no dee as lang as he's your deemster.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
It is seen in "deemster," the name of the two judges of the Isle of Man.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Read Hall Caine's "The Deemster," to learn of its people.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
His best books are The Shadow of a Crime, The Deemster, The Bondman, The Scapegoat, and The Christian.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
Then the thought leapt to her mind that she herself could punish Stephen a hundredfold worse than any law of bishop or deemster.
"The Bondman" by Hall Caine
He was to be made Deemster, but he was to buy his appointment.
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
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