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holy orders

noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) the rite or sacrament of ordination.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
3.
(used with a plural verb) the major degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.
Origin of holy orders
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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  • Having prepared himself for holy orders, he was promoted to the priesthood.
  • Both these defects were, by the ancient discipline of the church, bars to holy orders.
  • When they were elapsed, he received his provincial's command to prepare himself for holy orders.
British Dictionary definitions for holy orders

holy orders

plural noun
1.
the sacrament or rite whereby a person is admitted to the Christian ministry
2.
the grades of the Christian ministry
3.
the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister
See also orders
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