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ex cathedra

[eks kuh-thee-druh, kath-i-druh] /ˈɛks kəˈθi drə, ˈkæθ ɪ drə/
adjective, adverb
from the seat of authority; with authority: used especially of those pronouncements of the pope that are considered infallible.
Origin of ex cathedra
1810-20; < Latin ex cathedrā literally, from the chair Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I am tired of your ex-cathedra statements and your self-sufficiency.'

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
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ex cathedra

/ɛks kəˈθiːdrə/
adjective, adverb
with authority
(RC Church) (of doctrines of faith or morals) defined by the pope as infallibly true, to be accepted by all Catholics
Word Origin
Latin, literally: from the chair
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Word Origin and History for ex-cathedra

ex cathedra

Latin, literally "from the (teacher's) chair," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + cathedra (see cathedral).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ex-cathedra in Culture
ex cathedra [(eks kuh-thee-druh)]

Descriptive term for an official pronouncement from the pope. Ex cathedra is Latin for “from the chair.” Roman Catholics believe that the pope speaks infallibly when speaking ex cathedra on questions of faith or morals, such as when Pope Pius XII declared in 1950 that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was physically taken up to heaven after her death.

Note: Figuratively, any authoritative pronouncement may be called “ex cathedra.”
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