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Doctor of the Church

noun
a title conferred on an ecclesiastic for great learning and saintliness.
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doctor of the church

noun
(Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching; "the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages" 
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