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  • adj. Pertaining to a prelate; prelatial.
  • adj. Adhering to prelates; episcopal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as prelatic.


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From prelate +‎ -ical.


  • Subordination prelatical, which is of one or more parishes to the prelate and his cathedral, is denied; all particular churches being collateral, and of the same authority.

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

  • You remember that roughly it was this: that any corporate reunion can only come in the acceptance of the historical Episcopate; but that the conception and use of Episcopacy in the Church has been a limited one: there are many ways of regarding and using bishops besides the monarchical or "prelatical" way exemplified by the Church of England.

    The War and Unity Being Lectures Delivered At The Local Lectures Summer Meeting Of The University Of Cambridge, 1918

  • Covenanters or "wild Whigs" of the Western shires had formally renounced their allegiance to a "prelatical" king.

    History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8) The Revolution, 1683-1760; Modern England, 1760-1767

  • "prelatical" system triumphed and was firmly maintained by the sovereign.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Now committed to voluminous and arduous prose writing, he keeps his biographers busy with attacks on prelatical episcopy and tracts on church government, but he did not forget his ambition for poetry and fame; hence his autobiographical digression in The Reason of Church-government (1642), which gives an account of his youthful travels and studies, and asserts his claim to be a poet of achievement, continuing promise, and ultimate fame.

    Heroic Milton: Happy Birthday

  • Lucy the fanaticism of some of her own communion, while she intimated, rather than expressed, horror at the latitudinarian principles which she had been taught to think connected with the prelatical form of church government.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • England then was groaning loudest under the prelatical yoke, nevertheless I took it as a pledge of future happiness, that other nations were so persuaded of her liberty.


  • A little generous prudence, a little forbearance of one another, and some grain of charity might win all these diligences to join, and unite in one general and brotherly search after truth; could we but forgo this prelatical tradition of crowding free consciences and


  • Brutuses; falling on superstitious times, made prophets and apostles; on popish times, made protestants and ascetic monks, preachers of Faith against the preachers of Works; on prelatical times, made Puritans and Quakers; and falling on Unitarian and commercial times, makes the peculiar shades of Idealism which we know.

    The Transcendentalist

  • Accordingly where be had made an end of his bottle and pipe, he rose, and moved with prelatical dignity to the door, where his journeyman stood ready with his nag.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random


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