from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the manner of a parson.


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  • To prove his worth as a director and save some of his face he said parsonically: 'That is why I made no comment when you twice asked me about the woman.

    The 9th Directive

  • But when the legitimate affection of a brother and sister finds them interposing, they are, as little parsonically as possible, reproved.

    Lord Ormont and His Aminta — Volume 4

  • 'The parson and parsoness parsonically gone to study parsonages, schools, and dilapidations, I suppose.

    Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster

  • I am not stoically advising, nor parsonically preaching to you to be a Stoic at your age; far from it: I am pointing out to you the paths to pleasures, and am endeavoring only to quicken and heighten them for you.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1750

  • Academy, or in Russia or Prussia a pension and an order of merit -- he is told by the publisher, who in Great Britain supplies the place of these fountains of honour and reward, that "the public of the present day has no taste for serious reading;" for Messrs Folio and Duodecimo cannot, of course, afford to regard a few dons of the universities, or a few county bookclubs, parsonically presided, as representatives of the public!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844


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