Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A writ issuing out of chancery, upon certificate given by the ordinary, of a man's standing excommunicate by the space of forty days, for the laying him up in prison till he submit himself to the authority of the church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Formerly, a writ issuing out of chancery, upon certificate given by the ordinary, of a man's standing excommunicate by the space of forty days, for the laying him up in prison till he submit himself to the authority of the church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ecclesiastical law, a writ, now obsolete, issuing out of Chancery upon certificate given by the ordinary of a man's standing excommunicate by the space of forty days, for the keeping of him in prison till he submit himself to the authority of the church: so called from the first word of the body of the writ.

Etymologies

Latin, (he) has signified, perf. ind. of significare ("to signify"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ecclesia fit, Petrus quando claves accepit, Ecclesiam sanctam significavit '(If this was said to Peter alone, the Church cannot exercise this power ...; if this power is exercised in the Church, then when Peter received the keys, he signified the Holy Church); cf.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • "Quid aliud hoc significavit nisi me ab his libris divulgandis penitus abhorruisse ut certe abhorrui."

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

  • Nullus omnino, neque benevolus nobis, neque malevolus, non modo quidquam tale prodidit, sed nec significavit.

    Ten Reasons Proposed to His Adversaries for Disputation in the Name of the Faith and Presented to the Illustrious Members of Our Universities

  • Jam vero bu* jus vitae contemplatio est quaedam participatio, et imitatio illius visio - jnis, ut significavit Augustinus lib.i. de Trinit. cap.

    Tractatus theologicus de charitate, in quo expenditur systema J.V. Bolgenj de amore Dei. Accedit ...

  • Also your said most humble and obedient servants find themselves grieved with the great and excessive fees taken in the said spiritual courts, and especially in the said Courts of the Arches and Audience; where they take for every citation two shillings and sixpence; for every inhibition six shillings and eightpence; for every proxy sixteen pence; for every certificate sixteen pence; for every libel three shillings and fourpence; for every answer for every libel three shillings and fourpence; for every act, if it be but two words according to the register, fourpence; for every personal citation or decree three shillings and fourpence; for every sentence or judgment, to the judge twenty-six shillings and eightpence; for every testament upon such sentence or judgment twenty-six shillings and eightpence; for every significavit twelve shillings; for every commission to examine witnesses twelve shillings, which charges be thought importable to be borne by your said subjects, and very necessary to be reformed.

    The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • Neque dubito quin hic idem fuerit Codex quem olim in ecclesia de Fairford adservatum surripuisse nebulonem quempiam mihi significavit ecclesiæ ædituus, vir simplex, necnon ætate et scientia venerandus. "

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance

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