from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical A principal order of the clergy, especially the rank of bishop, priest, and deacon, in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican churches. Also called holy order.


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  • The regular who has made solemn vows or who by privilege has received some major order before making these vows, can be expelled only if, after a thrice-repeated warning, he still proves incorrigible in some grave and public fault.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss


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