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 for Bed of justice
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Justice \Jus"tice\ (j[u^]s"t[i^]s), n. [F., fr. L. justitia, fr.
     justus just. See Just, a.]
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     1. The quality of being just; conformity to the principles of
        righteousness and rectitude in all things; strict
        performance of moral obligations; practical conformity to
        human or divine law; integrity in the dealings of men with
        each other; rectitude; equity; uprightness.
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              Justice and judgment are the haditation of thy
              throne.                               --Ps. ixxxix.
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              The king-becoming graces,
              As justice, verity, temperance, stableness, . . .
              I have no relish of them.             --Shak.
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     2. Conformity to truth and reality in expressing opinions and
        in conduct; fair representation of facts respecting merit
        or demerit; honesty; fidelity; impartiality; as, the
        justice of a description or of a judgment; historical
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     3. The rendering to every one his due or right; just
        treatment; requital of desert; merited reward or
        punishment; that which is due to one's conduct or motives.
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              This even-handed justice
              Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice
              To our own lips.                      --Shak.
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     4. Agreeableness to right; equity; justness; as, the justice
        of a claim.
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     5. A person duly commissioned to hold courts, or to try and
        decide controversies and administer justice.
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     Note: This title is given to the judges of the common law
           courts in England and in the United States, and extends
           to judicial officers and magistrates of every grade.
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     Bed of justice. See under Bed.
     Chief justice. See in the Vocabulary.
     Justice of the peace (Law), a judicial officer or
        subordinate magistrate appointed for the conservation of
        the peace in a specified district, with other incidental
        powers specified in his commission. In the United States a
        justice of the peace has jurisdiction to adjudicate
        certain minor cases, commit offenders, officiate at
        marriages, etc.; abbreviated JP.
     Syn: Equity; law; right; rectitude; honesty; integrity;
          uprightness; fairness; impartiality.
     Usage: Justice, Equity, Law. Justice and equity are the
            same; but human laws, though designed to secure
            justice, are of necessity imperfect, and hence what is
            strictly legal is at times far from being equitable or
            just. Here a court of equity comes in to redress the
            grievances. It does so, as distinguished from courts
            of law; and as the latter are often styled courts of
            justice, some have fancied that there is in this case
            a conflict between justice and equity. The real
            conflict is against the working of the law; this a
            court of equity brings into accordance with the claims
            of justice. It would be an unfortunate use of language
            which should lead any one to imagine he might have
            justice on his side while practicing iniquity
            (inequity). Justice, Rectitude. Rectitude, in its
            widest sense, is one of the most comprehensive words
            in our language, denoting absolute conformity to the
            rule of right in principle and practice. Justice
            refers more especially to the carrying out of law, and
            has been considered by moralists as of three kinds:
            (1) Commutative justice, which gives every man his own
            property, including things pledged by promise. (2)
            Distributive justice, which gives every man his exact
            deserts. (3) General justice, which carries out all
            the ends of law, though not in every case through the
            precise channels of commutative or distributive
            justice; as we see often done by a parent or a ruler
            in his dealings with those who are subject to his
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bed \Bed\, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde,
     Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b[aum]dd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti,
     G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain
     1. An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a
        couch. Specifically: A sack or mattress, filled with some
        soft material, in distinction from the bedstead on which
        it is placed (as, a feather bed), or this with the
        bedclothes added. In a general sense, any thing or place
        used for sleeping or reclining on or in, as a quantity of
        hay, straw, leaves, or twigs.
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              And made for him [a horse] a leafy bed. --Byron.
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              I wash, wring, brew, bake, . . . make the beds.
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              In bed he slept not for my urging it. --Shak.
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     2. (Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.
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              George, the eldest son of his second bed.
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     3. A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a
        little raised above the adjoining ground. "Beds of
        hyacinth and roses." --Milton.
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     4. A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed
        of ashes or coals.
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     5. The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as,
        the bed of a river.
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              So sinks the daystar in the ocean bed. --Milton.
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     6. (Geol.) A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between
        layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
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     7. (Gun.) See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
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     8. (Masonry)
        (a) The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the
            upper and lower beds.
        (b) A course of stone or brick in a wall.
        (c) The place or material in which a block or brick is
        (d) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
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     9. (Mech.) The foundation or the more solid and fixed part or
        framing of a machine; or a part on which something is laid
        or supported; as, the bed of an engine.
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     10. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
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     11. (Printing) The flat part of the press, on which the form
         is laid.
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     Note: Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed
           key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench; bedchamber;
           bedmaker, etc.
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     Bed of justice (French Hist.), the throne (F. lit bed)
        occupied by the king when sitting in one of his
        parliaments (judicial courts); hence, a session of a
        refractory parliament, at which the king was present for
        the purpose of causing his decrees to be registered.
     To be brought to bed, to be delivered of a child; -- often
        followed by of; as, to be brought to bed of a son.
     To make a bed, to prepare a bed; to arrange or put in order
        a bed and its bedding.
     From bed and board (Law), a phrase applied to a separation
        by partial divorce of man and wife, without dissolving the
        bonds of matrimony. If such a divorce (now commonly called
        a judicial separation) be granted at the instance of the
        wife, she may have alimony.
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