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Historical UsePlay
Refers to a dated profession, not commonly encountered in modern times except in historical references. SlideIn medieval times, a hangman would be employed to execute condemned prisoners.
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Negative ConnotationsPlay
Carries a negative and dark undertone; used to denote an ominous or grim atmosphere. SlideThe tale set in the dungeon included a hangman to heighten the sense of dread.
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Figurative UsePlay
Sometimes used metaphorically to express the concept of inescapable destiny or judgment. SlideThe hangman of time eventually comes for all deeds.