Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A handkerchief.
  • noun Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • noun In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ. See vernicle.
  • noun Same as maniple, 4.
  • noun The orarium or vexillum of a pastoral staff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eccl.) The handkerchief upon which the Savior is said to have impressed his own portrait miraculously, when wiping his face with it, as he passed to the crucifixion.

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  • "1. A handkerchief.

    Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).

    2. In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ. See vernicle.

    3. Same as maniple, 4.

    4. The orarium or vexillum of a pastoral staff."

    --Century Dictionary

    See also sudary.

    January 3, 2011

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