handmaid


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  • noun

Synonyms for handmaid

in a subordinate position

a personal maid or female attendant

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Climbing up another perpendicular flight, composed with great mechanical ingenuity of nothing but corner stairs, Mr Ralph Nickleby stopped to take breath on the landing, when he was overtaken by the handmaid, whom the politeness of Miss La Creevy had dispatched to announce him, and who had apparently been making a variety of unsuccessful attempts, since their last interview, to wipe her dirty face clean, upon an apron much dirtier.
The handmaid attended promptly, and it is but justice to their joint exertions to record that, when the good lady came downstairs in course of time, completely decked out for the journey, she really looked as if nothing had happened, and appeared in the very best health imaginable.
Having given this instruction, the handmaid, who had been brought up among the aboriginal inhabitants of Southwark, disappeared, with the candle in her hand, down the kitchen stairs, perfectly satisfied that she had done everything that could possibly be required of her under the circumstances.
To solve this question, Mr Swiveller summoned the handmaid and ascertained that Miss Sophy Wackles had indeed left the letter with her own hands; and that she had come accompanied, for decorum's sake no doubt, by a younger Miss Wackles; and that on learning that Mr Swiveller was at home and being requested to walk upstairs, she was extremely shocked and professed that she would rather die.
Penelope, daughter of Icarius, heard his song from her room upstairs, and came down by the great staircase, not alone, but attended by two of her handmaids.
Then, going upstairs with her handmaids into her room, she mourned her dear husband till Minerva shed sweet sleep over her eyes.
She threw a white mantle over her head, and hurried from her room, weeping as she went, not alone, but attended by two of her handmaids, Aethrae, daughter of Pittheus, and Clymene.
And they gathered about the struggling child and washed him, embracing him lovingly; but he was not comforted, because nurses and handmaids much less skilful were holding him now.
Then dialectic, and dialectic alone, goes directly to the first principle and is the only science which does away with hypotheses in order to make her ground secure; the eye of the soul, which is literally buried in an outlandish slough, is by her gentle aid lifted upwards; and she uses as handmaids and helpers in the work of conversion, the sciences which we have been discussing.
A couple of noteworthy performances were also given by Hojin Song in role of the handmaid Hyangdan and Hongil Min as Mongryong's valet Bangja.
Handmaid is The choice in The TOTEQUADPOT Four Places in Four races National Hunt Maiden Hurdle aT SOUTHWELL.
The Invention of Wings is Sue Monk Kidd's latest novel-a sweeping epic set in 1803 and telling of Sarah's eleventh birthday, when he's given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is going to be her handmaid.
The CBI is not independent of the Executive; that's why very often everybody writes that the CBI has become the handmaid of the government in power.
It opens up a creative space, prompting us to think differently about Mary's popular portrayal as Handmaid in the Church and society throughout time.
In a flash of prophetic clarity, Leah foresees the treachery which this child of her handmaid would one day perpetrate.