from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The office or station of a prelate.
- noun Prelates considered as a group.
- noun Church government administrated by prelates.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The dignity or office of a prelate.
- noun The system of church government by prelates, as distinguished from one in which all the clergy are on an equality.
- noun The order or rank of prelates; the body of prelates taken collectively.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The office or dignity of a prelate; church government by prelates.
- noun The order of prelates, taken collectively; the body of ecclesiastical dignitaries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun the
officeof a prelate
- noun the
prelature- prelates considered as a group
- noun a
church governmentor organisation administeredby prelates
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- noun the office or station of a prelate
- noun prelates collectively
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It is this prelacy, thus clothed, thus circumstanced, which we swear to extirpate; read else the clause again, prelacy, that is, church government by archbishops, bishops, their chancellors.
And it is very well known that the government of bishops is not according to the Word of God, but contrar to it, and likeways contrar the second article of the Solemn League whereby we are obliged to the extirpation of prelacy, that is, church government by archbishops, bishops, &c., which we will be obliged by such an oath to maintain and defend.
_ If it be yet objected, that the members of parliament have, at one time or other, sworn to preserve the laws; and therefore to swear to endeavour the extirpation of prelacy, which is established by law, is to contradict their own oath and run the hazard of perjury: it is easy for any one to observe and answer.
The restoration of "prelacy" (the episcopal form of church government) in 1606 by James I, the revival of self governing powers of the Assembly in 1649, its subsequent suspension under Cromwell in 1653 and again after the Restoration, the
Severe penalties were threatened against "prelacy" and
They therefore insisted as a term of the agreement that the English agree to fight to extirpate "prelacy".
Independents, who believed that each local congregation of Christians should be practically free, excepting that "prelacy" (_i. e._, the episcopal form of church government) and "popery" (_i. e.
The apostolic administration is better than the personal prelacy.
Interviewer: Excuse me for interrupting, Your Excellency, you mean a personal prelacy...
In the first place, a personal prelacy is not necessariy governed by a bishop.