Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Seniority; the state of being older.
- n. The office of an elder: as, he was elected to the eldership.
- n. A body or an order of elders.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being older; seniority.
- n. Office of an elder; collectively, a body of elders.
- n. the office of elder
- From elder + -ship. (Wiktionary)
“ [In some editions of the Genevan version the word "eldership" is thus explained in the margin: "Under this name he containeth the whole ministerie of the church which was at Ephesus."]  Assertion of the Government of the Church of Scotland, 1641, pp. 128-130, 136-147.”
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“I am privileged to be thought of as a senior staffer at this point, and to provide some significant part of the eldership our organization honors.”
“I think part of the problem is the lost sense that the priesthood/pastor/eldership is a CALLING and not a job.”
“Stuarts; also against the infringements and invasions of the just powers of eldership, whereanent, I uttered my paper, called a”
“And you have a double reason to do so, both from eldership and from the offence so studiously given to one in affliction.”
“What confirmed me in this, was, that the younger lady was a good deal more free when her sister was withdrawn, than when she was present; and again pursed-up her really pretty mouth when she re-turned: and her sister addressed her always by the word child, with an air of eldership; while the other called her sister, with a look of observance.”
“They do not prefer to eldership out of the land of Israel: no, not although they that do prefer, have themselves been preferred within the land.”
“And both these, the authority of the eldership and the consent of the brethren, are necessary to the validity of the sentence, and that according to the appointment of”
“In St. Cuthbert's, the pride of eldership was chiefly vested in their wives and daughters.”
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