Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or having to do with an abbey, abbot, or abbess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to an abbey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to an abbot or abbey: as, an abbatial benediction; abbatial lands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or having to do with or belonging to an abbey or abbot, or abbess

Etymologies

Middle English abbacyal, from Late Latin abbātiālis, from abbās, abbāt-, abbot; see abbot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English abbacyal, from Middle French abbatial, from Late Latin abbatialis, from abbatia ("abbey") + -ialis ("-ial"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What we should say, therefore, is simply that whatever the institutions are that seek the coherence and mutual intelligibility of the political communities of Europe, they should be marked by 'abbatial' virtues - by the way that authority itself reflects or embodies the careful listening that it itself demands; so that what is in view is always and only a corporate identity that can be owned and trusted by those for whom it acts.

    'Benedict and the Future of Europe' - Speech at St Anselmo in Rome

  • On the middle cornice, again parallel to the altar of St. Benedict, St. Bernard receives the abbatial insignia from Our Lady.

    Neuzelle Abbey

  • That role was amicably filled by Abbot Joseph of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Redwood, California until his abbatial duties, understandably, simply didn't allow for it.

    Reviving the NLM Eastern Catholic Correspondent: Call for Submissions

  • Above his head, two angels bear the coat of arms of the Cistercian Order, while below, St. Bernard bears his crozier in his right hand, the abbatial veil curling around its shaft.

    New Illustration: The St. Bernard Triptych, Part II

  • (The prelate in the cowl in the last picture is the new Territorial Abbot of Wettingen-Mehrerau, about whose abbatial benediction the NLM reported earlier.)

    Te Deum in Vienna

  • We do not usually link to reports which are mostly pictorial, but the images of the ordinations celebrated last Sunday by the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X FSSPX / SSPX, Bishop Bernard Fellay, at the austere Romanesque abbatial church of the Benedictine Monastery of Our Lady of Bellaigue are truly beautiful and deserve to be seen.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Saint – Germain, the king accorded letters-patent; and all the rest, abbatial charter, and royal letters, was confirmed in 1654 by the Chamber of Accounts and the Parliament.

    Les Miserables

  • When abbatial decisions are made, the monk must ultimately obey; but the context remains one in which we are being urged to think not about an audit, in the sense of an assessment of whether the processes in use are delivering the desired results, but about the degree to which the community is genuinely working with a shared focus and common language, in which both discussion and decision are possible.

    'Shaping Holy Lives', a Conference on Benedictine Spirituality

  • Since such interference with the abbatial orders here on monastic ground was unheard-of, he had taken no precautions against it, though most of the time the lodge was manned, and the whole range of keys under the occupant's eye, and safe enough.

    The Holy Thief

  • They could have him, and welcome; but the prior considered that it was due to his dignity - in this mood fully abbatial - that the senior officer then in charge, sheriff or deputy, should come in person to make amends for the inconvenience to which the abbey had been subjected, and remove the troublesome element.

    Monk's Hood

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