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Definition of Alderman

  ALDERMAN   noun
An ingenious criminal who covers his secret thieving with a pretence of open marauding.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
??:ld?m?n n. (pl. -men) 1 esp. hist. a co-opted member of an English county or borough council, next in dignity to the Mayor. 2 US & Austral. the elected governor of a city. °°aldermanic adj. aldermanship n. [OE aldor patriarch f. ald old + MAN]

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