American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The office or station of a prelate.
- n. Prelates considered as a group. Also called prelature.
- n. Church government administrated by prelates.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dignity or office of a prelate.
- n. The system of church government by prelates, as distinguished from one in which all the clergy are on an equality.
- n. The order or rank of prelates; the body of prelates taken collectively.
- n. the office of a prelate
- n. the prelature - prelates considered as a group
- n. a church government or organisation administered by prelates
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The office or dignity of a prelate; church government by prelates.
- n. The order of prelates, taken collectively; the body of ecclesiastical dignitaries.
- n. the office or station of a prelate
- n. prelates collectively
“_ If it be yet objected, that the members of parliament have, at one time or other, sworn to preserve the laws; and therefore to swear to endeavour the extirpation of prelacy, which is established by law, is to contradict their own oath and run the hazard of perjury: it is easy for any one to observe and answer.”
“It is this prelacy, thus clothed, thus circumstanced, which we swear to extirpate; read else the clause again, prelacy, that is, church government by archbishops, bishops, their chancellors.”
“And it is very well known that the government of bishops is not according to the Word of God, but contrar to it, and likeways contrar the second article of the Solemn League whereby we are obliged to the extirpation of prelacy, that is, church government by archbishops, bishops, &c., which we will be obliged by such an oath to maintain and defend.”
“The restoration of "prelacy" (the episcopal form of church government) in 1606 by James I, the revival of self governing powers of the Assembly in 1649, its subsequent suspension under Cromwell in 1653 and again after the Restoration, the”
“Severe penalties were threatened against "prelacy" and”
“They therefore insisted as a term of the agreement that the English agree to fight to extirpate "prelacy".”
“Independents, who believed that each local congregation of Christians should be practically free, excepting that "prelacy" (_i. e._, the episcopal form of church government) and "popery" (_i. e.”
“The apostolic administration is better than the personal prelacy.”
“Interviewer: Excuse me for interrupting, Your Excellency, you mean a personal prelacy...”
“In the first place, a personal prelacy is not necessariy governed by a bishop.”
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