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1. actī̆f, -ī̆ve adj.

Additional spellings: active
32 quotations in 4 senses
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Of human actions: done (as opposed to suffered), voluntary; actif cursing, self-excommunication.

2. assẹ̄th n.

43 quotations in 3 senses
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Fulfillment, satisfaction, reparation; maken (don) asseth, give satisfaction: (a) fulfillment of a wish, expectation or requirement; (b) fulfilling of a need; (c) satisfactory answer to a question or…

3. assoilen v.

66 quotations in 5 senses
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Eccl. (a) To absolve (sb.) of sin by divine or sacerdotal authority; grant (sb.) remission of sins or penance; assoilen a pena et a culpa; (b) release (sb. from hell, purgatory, or the bonds of sin)…

4. barren v.

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(a) To secure (a gate, a door) with bars or a bolt; to bar, block, or bolt; barren to; (b) to lock (a room); (c) to lock (sb.) up.

5. chalice n.

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(a) A drinking vessel, such as a bowl, beaker, or goblet; wine chalice; (b) chalice cuppe, chalice pece, chalice shape.

6. chapī̆tle n.

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(a) A division or section of a book; chapter, paragraph; (b) a short Scriptural or patriotic passage read during a service; a lesson.

7. chapī̆tre n.

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(a) A division in a piece of writing; specif., a section of a book in the Bible; (b) a passage from the Scriptures read at a service; (c) a summary or capitulation; (d) a subject treated in a separate…

8. chaunteresse n.(1)

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Eccl. A nun who sings or leads the singing; chorister, precentor.

9. collāciǒun n.

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(a) A dialogue, discourse, or narrative; collaciouns, bok of collacioun, the Dialogues (of the pious fathers of Egypt concerning monastic life by Cassianus, c400 A.D.); (b) a speech or sermon.

10. commū̆ne n.

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A commonwealth; a community, town; also, the people of such a body politic; the commune of the land.

11. commū̆nen v.

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(a) To distribute (sth.) in shares, deal out; communen to, give (sth.) to (sb.) as his share; communen with, share (sth.) with (others); (b) to have a share (in sth.), participate; enter into…

12. cǒmplī̆n(e n.

Additional spellings: compline
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Eccl. (a) The last of the seven daily services or 'hours' (following even-song vespers) observed by monastics and priests of the Roman Church; complin; houre of complin; don complin, saien complin,

13. confermen v.

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(a) To endorse, ratify, approve or confirm (a law, treaty, doctrine, etc.) officially or authoritatively; (b) to endorse or approve (an elected or appointed official, the establishment of a religious…

14. confessen v.

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(a) To admit (a fault, damaging fact, transgression); -- with obj., refl., or ben confessed (of sth.); (b) to admit (a fact, truth); confessen the soth; (c) to reveal (sth.).

15. confessiǒun n.

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(a) Admission (of an offense or of guilt); (b) revealing or disclosing (of experiences, etc.); also, an account of experiences; in confessioun, by way of confession, ?confidentially; (c) testimony.

16. confirmāciǒun n.

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(a) Ratification or confirmation (of a grant or agreement); (b) approval or confirmation of the election or appointment (of a bishop or other officer), or of the establishment (of a religious order)…

17. consistōrie n.

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Eccl. (a) The court of a diocese for adjudication under canon law, bishop's court; also, a session of such a court; consistorie session; (b) the senate of cardinals, the consistory.

18. contract n.

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Eccl. A solemn agreement to enter into matrimony, marriage vow or contract; contract of matrimonie (weddinge); also, a breach of this vow [quot.: 1395].

19. contriciǒun n.

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Eccl. 'Sorrow of heart and detestation of sin committed, with the purpose of not sinning in future' [F. L. Cross, Oxf.Dict.Christ.Church (1958)]; remorse, contrition; treue contricioun, verei

20. corǒunen v.(1)

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(a) To crown (sb.) ceremoniously, invest with sovereignty; (b) corounen (sb.) king, corounen to kinge, corounen to the kingdom, to crown (sb.) as king, etc.; (c) crouned king, etc., a king that has…

21. cō̆rs n.

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(a) A dead body, corpse; ded cors; dedman cors; (b) cors present, a customary gift to the clergy from the estate of a deceased parishioner, a mortuary.

22. cuppe n.

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(a) A drinking vessel; a bowl, goblet, cup, etc.; also, a receptacle for fruit or confections; (b) stonding cuppe, a cup with a foot or base; trussing cuppe, ?a cup or chalice for traveling; (c) a…

23. delegāci(e n.

Additional spellings: delegacie
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Eccl. (a) A papal commission, representatives of the pope; (b) the delegating of papal authority; lettres of delegaci, letters appointing a papal commission and prescribing its duties, authority, etc…

24. demonstrāciǒun n.

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(a) An indication that something is true, a proof; a sign, token, portent; (b) an account, a description; (c) an explanation, interpretation.

25. dētermināciǒun n.

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Law (a) Disposition or settlement of a suit or dispute; decision, verdict; (b) power to adjudicate, jurisdiction.

26. dīocīse n.

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Eccl. A bishop's diocese.

27. disciplī̆ne n.

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Eccl. Penitential chastisement, self-inflicted mortification of the flesh; also, an act of penance or mortification; nimen, taken discipline, to suffer such chastisement, etc.

28. dispendǒur n.

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(a) A household official who administers the possessions of a lord, a steward or treasurer; also, one who has power to distribute legacies; (b) eccl. administrator or steward of the Church.

29. dispensaciǒun n.

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(a) Power to dispose of wealth; (b) eccl. stewardship; (c) physiol. function.

30. elevāciǒun n.

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(a) The act of rising; (b) astron. the altitude or angular height above the horizon.

31. enterdīten v.

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Eccl. To place under the ban of the Church: (a) to cut off (a nation or a region) from the public ministrations of the Church; (b) to bar (a church) from the performance of its ecclesiastical…

32. fanǒun n.

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Eccl. The maniple, one of the Eucharistic vestments.

33. imposiciǒun n.

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(a) A tax, charge, duty, tribute; (b) the levying of a tax, charge, duty, or tribute.

34. inducciǒun n.

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(a) Eccl. The formal installation of a clergyman in a benefice; also, putting someone in possession of an inheritance; (b) logic inductive reasoning; a conclusion, a judgment, or an interpretation…

35. institūciǒun n.

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(a) The action of establishing a religion, system of government, etc.; the founding of a religious order, a kingdom, etc.; the founding or reestablishment of an episcopal see; the promulgation of…

36. lessǒun n.

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(a) Something designed to be read or listened to; a written composition; (b) a subject in written composition; (c) something read aloud; a spell, a sermon.

37. levāciǒun n.

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Eccl. The elevation of the consecrated Host and chalice in the Mass; ?also, the lesser elevation at the end of the Canon of the Mass; the levacioun time, the time of the elevation, the elevation; the

38. maniple n.

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Eccl. A maniple, one of the Eucharistic vestments of a priest.

39. martir n.

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Eccl. (a) One who suffers torture and execution for the Christian faith, a martyr; -- also used of Abel as a type of Christ; bok of martires, a martyrology; (b) a Christian witness; (c) in title.

40. martiren v.

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Eccl. To put (sb.) to death as a martyr, make a martyr of (sb.); torture and execute (sb.) for professing the Christian faith.

41. mẹ̄vāble adj.

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(a) Capable of movement; of living creatures: capable of independent motion; (b) in motion, moving, moving about; ready to move or travel, mobile, transient; (c) active, energetic; agile, dexterous.

42. ministrāciǒun n.

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(a) The rendering of personal service or aid; an act or function of serving; (b) agency, mediation; (c) conduct.

43. mortāl adj.

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(a) Of persons, the human body, human life: mortal, subject to death; not divine; (b) of things: transitory; temporal.

44. mortifīen v.

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(a) To kill (sb.); mortifien and quikenen, of God: take and give life; also fig. destroy (sth.); (b) of courage: to die out;(c) ?fig.; ?meaning influenced by mortisen, q.v.

45. novice n.

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(a) Eccl. One undergoing a probationary period in a religious order before taking the required vows, a novice; novice bed (celle), a bed (cell) occupied by a novice; (b) a beginner, one who is…

46. omelī(e n.

Additional spellings: omelie
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Eccl. A homily or sermon; esp. a discourse on a scriptural passage; ?also, a story, a relation [quot.: St.Anne]; bok of omelies, a homiliary.

47. ordinārī(e adj.

Additional spellings: ordinarie
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(a) Regular, customary; ordinari charges, regular expenses; (b) orderly, logical.

48. ǒurnement n.

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(a) Sg. & pl. Ornamental apparel, trapping(s, jewel(s, trinket(s, etc.; also fig.; (b) an ornament of the heavens, the earth, the elements, the body, a virtue, etc.; an embellishment, a distinction…

49. pardǒun n.

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(a) Forgiveness; pardon of sins or wrongdoing; also, permission [quot.: Wycl.MCh.]; don pardoun, to grant pardon; (b) eccl. remission of part or all of the temporal penalty in purgatory for sins…

50. patē̆n(e n.

Additional spellings: patene
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Eccl. (a) The plate which holds the sacramental bread during the celebration of the Mass; (b) the cover of the chalice which holds the sacramental wine; chalice paten, a chalice cover.

51. pensiǒun n.

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(a) A payment, stipend, or salary, paid regularly, often annually, for services rendered, by terms of a will, etc.; also fig.; (b) a payment made, not regularly repeated; a reward; (c) eccl. a regular…

52. pẹ̄ple n.

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(a) Persons, human beings, men and women; -- also pl.; gret (muche) peple, many people [see also muche adj. 2. (b)]; congregacioun of peple, a crowd of people; (b) the general public, everyone, all…

53. plūrā̆litẹ̄ n.

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(a) A number greater than one, plurality; the state or fact of being plural; numerousness; also, expression in the plural number; (b) frequency of forgiveness; (c) eccl. the simultaneous tenure by one…

54. prē̆sentāciǒun n.

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(a) The formal act or ceremony of dedicating an infant or a young child to God or to a pagan deity; also, the Christian Feast of the Presentation; (b) the formal induction of an elected officer into…

55. prē̆sent(e)ment n.

Additional spellings: presentement
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(a) The act of presenting advice or instruction; (b) a document presented upon delivery of goods, an invoice; (c) eccl. the act of recommending or appointing a candidate to a benefice; nomination…

56. prē̆senten v.

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(a) To introduce (sb. or sth.) formally or ceremonially; present (a soul to God); also, induct (sb.) into office; presenten biforen (to), present (sb.) to (sb.); also refl. present oneself; (b) to…

57. prē̆sident n.

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(a) A ruler or head of either sovereign or subordinate status; often, one invested with judicial powers; (b) eccl. the head of a national or regional branch of the Church; (c) the head of a religious…

58. prō̆pre adj.

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(a) Belonging or pertaining to oneself, a person, or a thing; privately owned; private, personal, individual; intrinsic; (b) propre in, inherent in (a position of honor); propre to, belonging to…

59. provende n.

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(a) Food for domesticated animals, fodder, hay, grain, etc.; hors provende, provender for horses; provende poke, a bag for fodder, ?a nose bag; (b) eccl. the stipend of a member of the chapter of a…

60. prō̆vince n.

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(a) Any political or administrative division of a country; (b) a nation; also, a Greek city-state or the region containing it; also, one of the ancient kingdoms of Ireland; province of promissioun

61. prō̆vinciāl adj.

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Eccl. (a) Pertaining to an archiepiscopal province; (b) of or pertaining to a province or district of an order of friars; ministre (priour) provincial, the head of a province or district.

62. prō̆vī̆siǒun n.

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(a) Foresight, prudence, care; also fig. the power of faith; provisioun of aungeles, the protecting care of angels; (b) God's providence; (c) an arrangement, a provision; the act of providing or…

63. prōvīsǒur n.

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(a) Eccl. One to whom the pope has granted the right to be appointed to a benefice as soon as a vacancy occurs; also, a religious to whom the pope has granted exemption from the duty of obedience to…

64. purs(e n.

Additional spellings: purse
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(a) A bag, sack, or pouch, usually of cloth or leather; also, a container for receiving offerings made to an idol [quot.: Jos.Arim.]; also fig.; red purs, a bag of wisdom, one's store of good ideas…

65. reserven v.

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(a) To keep (sth.), preserve, save, retain; preserve (sth. in remembrance); (b) to set aside (money, property for a specific purpose); keep (sb. or sth.) for future use; (c) to allow (sb.) to live…

66. residence n.

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(a) The condition of dwelling somewhere; dwelling place; also, eccl. of a clergyman: the fact of being in residence where his duties are performed; holden (kepen) residence, to dwell, reside, live…

67. resident adj.

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(a) Dwelling, residing, resident; (b) eccl. residing where one's ecclesiastical duties are performed, residentiary; (c) of sediment: lying settled.

68. respǒund(e n.

Additional spellings: respounde
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(a) A reply, an answer; (b) eccl. a series of verses and responses said or sung alternately by a soloist and a choir or congregation, a responsory; (c) arch. a semi-pillar attached to a wall to…

69. rogāciǒun n.

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(a) Eccl. Solemn supplication; the Major Rogation: April 25; pl. the Rogation Days, esp. the Minor Rogations: the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day, prescribed days of prayer and…

70. sacrā̆ment n.

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Eccl. & theol.: (a) A sacrament of the Church, a visible sign imparting grace; sacrament of holi chirche, holi chirche sacramentes; lak of sacramentes, failure to receive the sacraments; sacramentes

71. sacrārī(e n.

Additional spellings: sacrarie
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(a) A repository for sacred objects; a temple, shrine; also fig.; (b) fig. the Virgin Mary; (c) eccl. the repository in a church in which sacred vessels, relics, vestments, etc. are kept, a sacristy.

72. sacren v.

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Eccl. & theol.: (a) To consecrate the body and blood of Christ in the Mass, celebrate the Eucharist; (b) to consecrate (bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ, the Host) in the Mass; celebrate…

73. sacrifīce n.

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(a) The act of offering a life (animal or human) to a deity as an act of propitiation or homage, a ritual slaughter, often followed by immolation of the victim; the formal offering up of produce, a…

74. sacrifīen v.

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(a) To offer a sacrifice before a deity, perform sacrificial rites; sacrifien togeder, ?make a collective sacrifice; (b) to offer (sb. or sth., the life of a victim) to a deity as a sacrifice; also fi

75. sāveǒur n.

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One who saves or rescues from peril, a deliverer; also, that which delivers someone from difficulties.

76. sē̆crẹ̄ n.

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(a) That which is hidden from general knowledge; a fact, matter, etc. which is to be kept confidential, or which is to be revealed to only a few, a private matter; (b) that which is hidden from human…

77. sēcrē̆t n.

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(a) That which is hidden from general knowledge; a fact, matter, etc. which is to be kept confidential, or which is to be revealed to only a few, a private matter; a secret act; kepen secretes, to…

78. seculē̆r(e n.

Additional spellings: seculere
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(a) A member of the laity as opposed to a cleric, a layman, laywoman; also, pl. the pagan laity as opposed to priests [quot.: 1449]; (b) eccl. a member of the clergy living in the world as opposed to…

79. seculē̆r(e adj.

Additional spellings: seculere
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(a) Of or belonging to the world; concerned with earthly life as opposed to spiritual or eternal life; of desire, behavior, etc.: worldly, unspiritual; seculer diligence, diligence with regard to…

80. sepulcre n.

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(a) A tomb; a place of burial, grave; also fig.; right of sepulcre, the right to a place of burial; (b) the tomb, or rock cave, in which Jesus was buried; also, the church in Jerusalem built to cover…

81. sē̆quence n.

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Eccl. (a) A musical composition built on an often original Latin text and sung or chanted at various points during the liturgy and at certain times in the church year; sequence of seinte osmunde, ?a…

82. sē̆questrāciǒun n.

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(a) Separation; (b) deferral; putten in sequestracioun, to lay aside (a matter), defer; (c) eccl. ?the lawful impounding of goods associated with a vacant benefice; (d) med. ?secretion from a boil…

83. sē̆questren v.

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(a) To remove (sth.); also, quarantine (sb.), isolate; sequestren to, put (sth.) aside for the use of (sb.); (b) sequestren from, to keep (sth.) apart from (sb.); distinguish (sth.) from (sth.)…

84. soilen v.(4)

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Eccl. (a) To absolve (sb.) of sin; -- also without obj.; soilen of sinnes; so god me soile, may God forgive my sins; -- used as a pious oath; (b) to grant remission of sins; soilen to, grant…

85. sǒudēken n.

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Eccl. A member of the lowest clerical order, ranking below the diaconate, a subdeacon; ordre of soudeken; popes soudeken, a subdeacon assisting at papal masses or attached to the Pope's household; (b)…

86. sǒudēn n.

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Eccl. A church official ranking immediately below and acting as an assistant to a dean, a subdean [for PPl. quots. cp. den n.(2) 1.(b)].

87. stāble adj.

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(a) Constant, steadfast; also, steadfast in virtue, virtuous; stable and stedfast, stedfast (ferm, etc.) and stable; stable in feith (bileve), stable of bileve; (b) of a lover: faithful, true; of…

88. stāciǒun n.

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(a) A place which one normally occupies: a place of business; an official seat, a see; a garrison; also, the men in a garrison; (b) a place in which something is fixed: an anchorage for ships; the…

89. stōle n.

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(a) A long garment; a robe; -- also coll. [quot. a1398]; stoles of bataille, war garments, armor; first stole, the best robe; (b) fig. and in fig. contexts; (c) the robe of a Jewish priest or high…

90. subchauntres n.

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Eccl. A nun who assists the precentor of a convent.

91. subdēken n.

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Eccl. (a) A member of the lowest clerical order, ranking immediately below the diaconate, a subdeacon; (b) the set of vestments worn by a subdeacon; (c) = soudeken n. (b).

92. subdēn n.

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Eccl. A church official ranking immediately below and acting as an assistant to a dean, a subdean [for 1st quot. cp. den n.(2) 1.(b), for 2nd quot. cp. 1.(a)].

93. surplī̆s n.

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A loose-fitting overgarment, usu. of white linen and with wide sleeves, a surplice: (a) eccl. a vestment worn by a priest or other ecclesiastic (a clerk, canon, etc.), usu. for liturgical use; also…

94. tabernācle n.

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(a) A movable dwelling place, tent, temporary hut; a pavilion; valei of tabernacles, Biblical Succoth, a site of uncertain location in the central Transjordan region; (b) feste of (solempnite of the)

95. tāble n.

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(a) A small, portable writing tablet made from a slab of wood or other hard material, often covered with wax in which the characters are incised; pl. a set of tablets, usu. tied or hinged together, a…

96. tablet n.

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(a) A small, portable writing tablet made of a durable material, often covered with wax in which the characters are incised; also, a stone or metal tablet bearing an inscription; also, one of the…

97. temporā̆l adj.

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(a) Lasting a short time, fleeting; having a finite duration, transitory; (b) temporal imnes, ?eccl. hymns for use during mass at different times and seasons.

98. tenebres n.

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(a) Darkness, esp. the darkness at noon accompanying Christ's crucifixion; (b) eccl. Tenebrae, an evening service held during Holy Week at which candles are extinguished one after the other to…

99. tē̆rce n.

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Astron. and geom. A sixtieth part of a second of an arc, one thirty-six hundredth of a minute of an arc.

100. touail n.

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(a) A piece of cloth used to wipe something dry; washinge touail, a piece of cloth for wiping or cleansing something [see also washing(e ger. 2.]; (b) a cloth of the length of a table, chiefly for…