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MAIDEN. The name of an instrument formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.

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The birches with their white maidenly stems and honey yellow leaves shone against the dark conifers.
Tahira Jatti's espousal of norms for proper maidenly conduct did at first appear at odds with the relatively "modem" context of her life as well as her deviance from gender norms.
in maidenly gentleness Had this tail any prehensile power, I should straightway bethink me of Darmonodes' elephant that so frequented the flower-market, and with low salutations presented nosegays to damsels, and then caressed their zones.
Euphues was a change from the chivalric romance of dangers, heroic hardships, and maidenly misfortune and fidelity.
In another image of dissolving open boundaries, Ophelia's madness is presented as a kind of dissolution of maidenly decorum, the spilling over of repressed psychic materials brought on by the two shocks she suffered in losing first her lover, second her father--a coupling that is also a textbook instantiation of the play's uncanny psychoanalytic acumen.
We readers, of course, know that her swoon, its monumentality underscored by a quotation from Homer, stems from being thwarted in her desire for Chaereas, whereas the witnesses quite wrongly attribute her faint to maidenly shame.
Drawing on Victor Turner's theory of liminality and George Bataille's theory of eroticism, she argues that the Knight of Chastity becomes a complicit participant in Busirane's perverse exhibition, but that her complicity is organized by the logic of a rite of passage and necessitated by an erotics irreducible in this context to a purely chaste maidenly or marital sexuality.
Read it eagerly with an inner concentration of your heart and before you begin to read, I beseech you and recommend in the Holy Spirit that you pray seven Come Holy Spirits to [the Spirit] with seven prostrations before the altar, and to our Lord and his maidenly mother Mary also say seven Our Fathers and Hail Marys with seven prostrations, and to the heavenly virginal queen, the organ through whom God has expressed this heavenly song and to all holy ones with her also say seven Our Fathers and Hail Marys with seven prostrations.
His prince, burdened by being the only male in a royal family, meets Odette late at night, when she is still in maidenly form.
He was markedly unassuming in regard to his work--"I have concluded that Literature is no proper pursuit for a gentleman"--and submitted it for publication to magazines such as Weird Tales and Amazing Stories with an almost maidenly reluctance.
Women were taught to keep their eyes downcast; timidity was encouraged and the blush considered a sign of reverence and maidenly virtue.