Definitions

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  • adj. Belonging to Lent; used in Lent; Lenten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to Lent; used in Lent; Lenten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the forty days of Lent; belonging to Lent; used in Lent; Lenten.
  • n. An offering formerly made to a mother church by a daughter church on Mid-Lent Sunday.

Etymologies

Quadragesima +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Moses 'first quadragesimal was Exodus 24: 18: his second time was after he had destroyed the golden calf, Deuteronomy 10: 10: the third was after the tables of the law had been made anew, Exodus 34: 28.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • And when ten days of the quadragesimal fast were yet remaining, there came one to summon him to the king.

    The Evolution of an English Town

  • No distinct traces of the quadragesimal observance are discernible until the fourth century.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Nevertheless, the earliest references to the quadragesimal season indicate that it was then usually considered a time of preparation for baptism, or for the absolution of penitents, or a season of retreat and recollection for people living in the world.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • : And to fix the measure of our quadragesimal fast, be fasted forty days and forty nights.

    Catena Aurea - Gospel of Matthew

  • And they are the quadragesimal fasts which fit both body and soul for the festivals of Easter.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. III.

  • For councils, I shall mention one for all; the council of Nice, in which we find both mention and approbation of this quadragesimal fast.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VI.

  • But that other clause of licensing books, which we thought had died with his brother quadragesimal and matrimonial when the prelates expired, I shall now attend with such a homily, as shall lay before ye, first the inventors of it to be those whom ye will be loath to own; next what is to be thought in general of reading, whatever sort the books be; and that this Order avails nothing to the suppressing of scandalous, seditious, and libellous books, which were mainly intended to be suppressed.

    Areopagitica

  • But that other clause of licensing books, which we thought had died with his brother quadragesimal and matrimonial when the prelates expired, I shall now attend with such a homily, as shall lay before ye, first the inventors of it to be those whom you will be loth to own; next what is to be thought in general of reading, whatever sort the books be; and that this order avails nothing to the suppressing of scandalous, seditious, and libelous books, which were mainly intended to be suppressed.

    Plea for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing

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  • consisting of 40; specifically, in regard to a 40-day fast occurring during Lent -wwftd

    March 11, 2011