from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who is a cleric.
- n. A woman who is a member of a church.
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- n. The female equivalent of a churchman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female member of the church, specifically of the Anglican Church.
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In the 1980s, he got involved in issues surrounding U.S. policy in El Salvador, this after four churchwoman -- two his dear friends -- were raped and killed by Salvadoran soldiers.
On the other hand, Bede's real interest here is presumably Hild and her life as a churchwoman.
Yes, Bede's interest is in Hild as a great churchwoman, so his interest in Hereric is just to provide Hild with a suitably noble ancestry and a fulfilled prophecy of a great destiny.
Bede only mentions Hereric at all in a brief aside on the birth of a notable churchwoman.
She thinks like a Methodist, talks like a Methodist and wants to reform society just like a well-Sunday-schooled Methodist churchwoman should.
So as often as I sincerely wish to throw a blanket over my teenage daughter before she goes out, I know I can't do this (although I can cluck, like a churchwoman, "Aren't you going to be cold in that, dear?").
The third POV, and the most interesting, is that of Rosvita, a churchwoman constructing an elaborate history of the Wendish peoples for the King's aged mother.
There is not a churchwoman here but will stand her ground against these folks, for the honour of the Establishment.
There was another reason for her respect which Mrs. Baynes, too good a churchwoman to be worldly, would have been the last to admit — she often heard her husband describe old Jolyon as extremely well off, and was biassed towards his granddaughter for the soundest of all reasons.
Her parents would not have wanted Cynthia to sob and fling her body about like some ignorant churchwoman.