Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer in certain religious orders whose duty is to decide points of discipline.
“Before the chapter-general of the order met, he was named definitor by the provincial chapter; but on his remonstrances at being thus so often compelled to assume offices, in spite of his repugnance, he at length obtained a papal brief, exempting him from all charges, and annulling even his active and passive vote in the chapter.”
“In the provincial chapter of 1690, he was appointed to the office of definitor, in addition to that which he already held.”
“Later (1645-8) he occupied the two highest posts in the order, that of definitor and procurator general.”
“Later he became definitor of the order for the English-speaking countries, and was succeeded by Father Alberic who became titular prior.”
“In 1621 he was recalled to Rome as definitor general, and died there three years later in the odour of sanctity.”
“Meanwhile he had been chosen (1677) definitor of his province.”
“He studied at Lima, where he entered the Order of St. Augustine, and was successively definitor, secretary of the province, and rector of the College of San Ildefonso.”
“He was successively master of novices, guardian, definitor, and provincial delegate at the general chapter of the order held in Spain in 1633.”
“Nicholas, however, was soon released from this sentence by Pope John, that he might appear as definitor at the general chapter of his order convened at Perpignan, May 31, 1327.”
“In 1679 he was definitor-general and chronologist of the order in Germany, and in 1698 was proclaimed scriptor ordinis.”
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