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- n. Plural form of vartabed.
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Besides the patriarch and bishops about a hundred vartabeds live here.
In the three or four monasteries surrounding the plain, there are said to be fifty vartabeds -- men of more or less education.
As two or three vartabeds and some of the priests continued to attend the preaching of the missionaries, and others were known to be friendly, something must be done to operate upon those spiritual guides of the people.
It was a favorable sign, that bishops and vartabeds began now to give instructions from the sacred Scriptures, instead of the legends of the saints.
Indeed, one of the most respectable vartabeds in Constantinople made repeated applications to the missionaries to furnish mutter for his sermons.
This the vartabeds, or preachers, could not disregard.
The bishops carry a staff shaped like the Latin, while the vartabeds (deans, or doctors of divinity; analogous to the