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  • noun The office of prior; a priorate.

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  • noun The state or office of prior; priorate.

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  • noun The state or office of prior; a priorate.

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  • noun the office of prior


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prior +‎ -ship


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  • In short, they very unceremoniously treat the Parisians who believe in Gargantua as ignorant simpletons and superstitious idiots, with whom are intermixed a few hypocrites, who pretend to believe in Gargantua, in order to obtain some convenient priorship in the abbey of Thélême.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • Walter Baldocke, a canon sometime in Dunstable, and by king Richard promoted to the priorship of Laund.

    Chronicles (3 of 6): Historie of England (1 of 9) Henrie IV Raphael Holinshed

  • [237] At least during the time of William Charteys priorship.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages Frederick Somner Merryweather

  • Refusing the abbacy of St. Etienne, Caen, and the grand-priorship of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne 1840-1916 1913

  • In the case of convents in university towns, especially Paris and the Roman Curia (Avignon, afterwards Rome) the nomination belonged to the general or the general chapter; and there appears to have been an unwritten law that at Cambridge, Louvain, and other universities the priorship should be filled by the bachelor who in the course of the year was to take his degree as Master in Divinity.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux 1840-1916 1913

  • Calabrian house where St. Bruno had died; nine more were founded during his twenty-seven years 'priorship.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability 1840-1916 1913

  • Alessandro Ceva, in the midst of his ministrations in the afflicted city, was called away to assume the priorship of the monastery of San Vito at Milan, and we find him writing from this place in 1599 to the Archbishop of Turin, begging him to ask Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy, to make a solemn vow to God to found a Camaldolese hermitage, that the plague might be arrested.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux 1840-1916 1913

  • He resigned the priorship of Toledo at the command of Philip III who desired his presence at Madrid.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon 1840-1916 1913

  • During his priorship, the citizens were divided into two factions called the Neri and Bianchi, as bitterly opposed to each other as both had been to the Ghibellines.

    Handbook of Universal Literature From the Best and Latest Authorities Anne C. Lynch Botta 1853

  • Luis was advanced to one of the highest dignities of the Order, being invested by the Grand Master with the priorship of the kingdom of

    Wolfert's Roost and Miscellanies Washington Irving 1821


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