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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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4,1,2) (18) Leucippe's new-found maidenly restraint is expressed in direct speech (it transpires that Artemis has instructed her to remain virginal until her marriage): Leucippe rarely speaks directly in Clitophon's narrative.
The weather changes drastically, and color disappears-first anticipating and then enacting the dissolution of an innocent maidenly world in the wake of the demand by the king's young son: "Out of ten maidens ye'll grant me one" (1.
At other times, she considers the impropriety of being alone with a strange man, even to treat his injuries, and what her father might say, so she has not otherwise abandoned expectations of typical maidenly behavior.
If Cameron continues his maidenly coyness at preelection debates, then this gag could be wheeled out again, Cameron's likeness be propped upon his vacant dais - a large steamed steakandkidney pudding oozing gravy over its blueandwhite gingham boilingcloth collar would t the bill.
The colours should have had a fresh maidenly charm; but all he could think of were stretched innards, umbles and tripes, grey-pink intestines looped out of a living body; he had a second batch of recalcitrant friars to be dispatched to Tyburn, to be slit up and gralloched by the hangman ...
Repin sidestepped his critics by having Sadko evidently prefer the homely young Russian girl standing behind the maidenly parade than her more glamorous rivals.
Returning to the maidenly virtue of bringing water to the sick, Hemans's speakers suggest an impulse to purge their desire, in effect condemning the De Quinceyan aesthetic of surplus value.
The birches with their white maidenly stems and honey-yellow leaves shone against the dark conifers.
Morris, and he and his fellow, generally male, protectionists tended to dwell, as Ormerod feared they would, on her perceived deviation from the customary norms of maidenly conduct.
In part 1 of Henry VI, the maidenly Margaret, having been introduced into England's history, grows into an image for re-examining Henry V's masculine glory.