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  • n. Plural form of tonsure.


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  • 72 Alberti describes the round windows in these temples as "tonsures" (akin to the oculus of the Roman Pantheon), in which case the openings would be visible only from the building's interior.

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  • In the 19th century, a movement developed that imagined itself to be reconstituting an early medieval view of the musician as a part of the clerical class, complete with ordinations and tonsures.

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  • We aren't at leisure to just sit around all day copying religious texts with a quill pen and maintaining our tonsures.

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  • I also think it needs to be considered, dare I say it, that many things we consider traditional and distinctively Catholic about the Latin priesthood and religious life celibacy, cassocks, habits, tonsures are things characteristic of Institutionalization.

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  • There are probably many lesser known saints that had tonsures, so this cake may be a great way to remember them in a meal on their feast day if you have a particular devotion.

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  • This can be a quick and easy cake to use for any of the saints who had tonsures...ones that come to mind are St Anthony and St Thomas Aquinas.

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  • In addition to the many Catholic feast days, the Franciscans especially celebrated those of the saints who had been members of their order and anniversaries of the tonsures of their prelates.

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  • I was lucky enough to see these guys late last year in London but a little disappointed that they've let their tonsures grow in.

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  • It no longer shook the monastery walls, and no more were the monks troubled by fine scatterings of gray dust that descended upon their white garb, accumulating in their tonsures so that the young looked old and the old looked older still.

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  • Google points to tonsures, which are apparently controversial.

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