from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, directed by, or authorized by a legate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to a legate.
  • Made by or proceeding from a legate: specifically applied to certain ecclesiastical laws enacted in national synods in England under the presidency of legates from the Pope about the time of Henry III.
  • Also legantine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a legate.
  • adjective Made by, proceeding from, or under the sanction of, a legate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective belonging to a legate
  • adjective headed by a legate
  • adjective enacted by a legate


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  • He erected an office which he called the legatine court; and as he was now, by means of the pope's commission and the king's favor, invested with all power, both ecclesiastical and civil, no man knew what bounds were to be set to the authority of his new tribunal.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary

  • He erected an office, that office, which he called the legatine court; and as he was now, by means of the pope's commiflion and the king*s favour, invelled with all power, both eccle - iiaflical and civil, no man knew what bounds were to be fet to the authority of his new tribunal.

    The history of England : from the invasion iof Julius Cæsar to the revolution in 1688 ...

  • I teachet you in fair time, my elders, the W.X.Y.Z. and P.Q.R.S. of legatine powers and you, Ailbey and Ciardeclan, I learn, episcoping me altogether, circumdeditioned me.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Wolsey, driven by the king's urgency, convened an extraordinary legatine court to pronounce the marriage invalid and present the pope with a fait accompli, but Wolsey was unable to force the court to come to any decision.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • He insisted on his own canonical election to the papal throne, reorganized the chancery on the imperial model, reformed the Church by personal or legatine visitation, giving reform reality in the west.


  • The old people, the Romans, had laid it long ago when they ruled in Britain, and the same road ran south-eastward right to the city of London, where King Stephen was now preparing to keep Christmas among his lords, and Cardinal-bishop Alberic of Ostia was busy holding his legatine council for the reform of the church, to the probable discomfiture of Abbot Heribert.

    Monk's Hood

  • Therefore I now regard my abbacy as suspended, until or unless the legatine council confirms me in office.

    Monk's Hood

  • The cardinal proposes to hold a legatine council in London for the reform of the church, and I am summoned to attend, to account for my stewardship as abbot of this convent.

    Monk's Hood

  • Inevitably those two legatine councils, one in April, one in December, had been exact and chilling mirror-images, fortune turning her face now to one faction, now to the other, and taking back with the left hand what she had given with the right.

    The Raven In The Foregate

  • They had buried old Father Adam, seventeen years vicar of the parish of Holy Cross in the Foregate of Shrewsbury, only one week before Abbot Radulfus was summoned to the legatine council at Westminster.

    The Raven In The Foregate


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