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- n. The holder of a monastic rank or office below that of superior.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Owning allegiance and obedience to one of higher rank.
- n. Same as obedienciary.
- n. In a monastery or religious house, the holder of any office under the abbot or superior; also, one charged with any special duty or ‘obedience.’
They were at the end of routine business, and Cadfael's attention had wandered away from the details of the cellarer's accounts, since he himself had no function as an obedientiary, and was content to leave such matters to those who had.
You certainly can't lose by it, Anselm carries weight as an obedientiary, and he's well disposed to Elave already.
Brother Anselm the precentor was there before him, already ensconced on a carved bench against the panelled wall, and it appeared that nothing of too disturbing a nature was towards, for abbot and obedientiary were provided with wine-cups, and the like was offered to Cadfael as soon as he had reported himself in response to the abbot's summons.
You, Brother Prior and Brother Sub-Prior, as bearing the daily weight of the household and family, Brother Paul as master of the boys and novices, Brother Edmund as an obedientiary and a child of the cloister from infancy, to advise upon the one hand, and Brother Cadfael, as a conversus come to the life at a ripe age and after wide venturings, to speak his mind upon the other. '
He is an obedientiary of the abbot, is appointed by him, and may be removed by him at any time.
The appellation of simple, or obedientiary prior (prior simplex or prior obedientiarius) is often applied to the superior of a monastic establishment which is a dependency of an abbey.
The Benedictines and their offshoots, the Premonstratensians, and the military orders distinguish between conventual and simple or obedientiary priories.
Their superior, who is subject to the abbot in everything, is called simple or obedientiary prior.
Simple or obedientiary priories are dependencies of abbeys.
80 Metropolitane; why fhuld be require this other Court of his Audience, to kepe yt in London, within the Churcho and jurifdidion of an other Bisfliop except he mynded to call other Bps. obedientiary out of their jurifdidion, con - trarie to thAd?
Memorial of the Most reverend father in God Thomas Cranmer,sometime lord archbishop of Canterbury : Wherein the history of the church, and reformation of it, during the primacy of the said archbishop, are greatly illustrated; and many singular matters relating thereunto, now first published (1694.)