from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female parson.
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He was fairly carried off his feet by the absorption of the passion, which was doubly engrossing because all ladies had hitherto appeared to him as beings with whom conversation was an impossible duty; but after all he had heard of Miss Durant, he might as a judicious man select her for an excellent parsoness, and as a young man fall vehemently in love.
Not a bit fit to make a figure in the world, and a regular little parsoness.
'The parson and parsoness parsonically gone to study parsonages, schools, and dilapidations, I suppose.
Dear Phoebe! in spite of Miss Fennimore, faith must still have been much stronger than reason if she could detect the model parsoness in yonder firefly.