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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of tonsure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the tonsure; shaven; shorn; clipped; hence, bald.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having received the tonsure; shaven; hence, clerical.
  • Having a bald spot on the head like a tonsure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a bald spot either shaved or natural


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  • In "Office of the Dead," for example, the hooded figures in the background are clearly separated from the tonsured clerics in the middle-ground, who in turn stand apart from the robed eminences in the foreground.

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  • His young, handsome, tonsured head was exquisitely carved in stone.

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  • The mobs in Balliguda caught hold of two boys of the Catholic hostel and tonsured their heads.

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  • Father Francisco was tonsured, wearing a thin line of hair around his otherwise bald head, while Antonio retained the silky curls Beatriz had always complained were wasted on him.


  • I'd gathered Santa Fe was an extravagant, wide-open community, but even I was astonished at the amounts I saw change hands that night; the gamblers of Santa Fe, whether they were drunk traders, flash greasers, desperate immigrants, cold-eyed swells with pistols prominently displayed in their waistbands, or even the couple of tonsured priests who had an apparently bottomless satchel of coin and crossed themselves before every cast of the dice, were evidently no pikers.


  • It was short and neatly tonsured and he had a brown beard, finely trimmed to a point that just skimmed the deep rolled collar of his habit.

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  • A Benedictine like these his brothers, tonsured and habited, he stood erect in the dignity of his office and the humility and simplicity of his nature, as fragile as a child and as durable as a tree.

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  • Which might well be the case, seeing this man was undoubtedly tonsured, in authority here, and a priest.

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  • Nearly two dozen displaced Kashmiri Pandit tonsured their heads in New Delhi.www.

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  • After all, the Monks have been a persistent rumor since the 1960's, with pictures of their tonsured heads turning up on occasion.

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  • From p. 14 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    The muted light in the church suspended a filament between us, reproducing the exact atmosphere of an early seventeenth-century studio in which--tonsured, waxen, austere and exsanguinous--were bowed in prayer the models of Zurbarán and El Greco.

    January 21, 2014