Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer in a monastery who has charge of the quarters for the sick.
- n. One who works in a nunnery or monastery, caring for the nuns who became ill, as well as caring for other old and sick people living in the nunnery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A person dwelling in, or having charge of, an infirmary, esp. in a monastic institution.
“Then, after every other verse, he would repeat, with a pause: "Tibi soli peccavi et malum coram te feci… He uttered the words plaintively, sighing profoundly and weeping, and moved with such a lofty idea of God and of His infinite sanctity that the Brother infirmarian was siezed with a holy dread.”
“Later, when it was noted that her sympathetic manner made her a favorite with sick people, she was appointed assistant infirmarian.”
“As infirmarian he was given none other than the theology professor who had so harshly berated him.”
“At fifteen, he became a laybrother at the Dominican Friary at Lima and spent his whole life there — as a barber, farm-laborer, almoner, and infirmarian among other things.”
“Sister Bourgeois was alternately priest and infirmarian, eight persons having died in her arms.”
“After some time spent as infirmarian she was elected prioress for life (1473), and became by her splendid example the model of a true Carmelite nun, and, in a sense, the foundress of this branch of the order.”
“Next morning at daybreak, the infirmarian found him lying in peaceful prayer, so peaceful that he did not at once perceive that the saint was actually dying.”
“At Rome he fulfilled the humble office of infirmarian in the convent of Ara Coeli; and his biographers record the miraculous cure of many whom he attended, through his pious intercession.”
“+ (7) The infirmarian, besides looking after the sick brethren, was also responsible for the quarterly "blood letting" of the monks, a custom almost universal in medieval monasteries.”
“For the next ten years she filled the post of infirmarian; her spirit of prayer and humility endeared her to St. Teresa, whose almost inseparable companion and secretary she now became.”
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