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Definition of Bondsman

  BONDSMAN   noun
A fool who, having property of his own, undertakes to become responsible for that entrusted to another to a third.
Philippe of Orleans wishing to appoint one of his favorites, a dissolute nobleman, to a high office, asked him what security he would be able to give.  'I need no bondsmen,' he replied, 'for I can give you my word of honor.'  'And pray what may be the value of that?' inquired the amused Regent.  'Monsieur, it is worth its weight in gold.'

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

Regular definition:
?b?ndzm?n n. (pl. -men) 1 a slave. 2 a person in thrall to another. [var. of bondman (f. archaic bond in serfdom or slavery) as though f. bond's genitive of BOND(1)]

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