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prelate

[prel-it] /ˈprɛl ɪt/
noun
1.
an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop, bishop, etc.; a church dignitary.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English prelat < Medieval Latin praelātus a civil or ecclesiastical dignitary, noun use of Latin praelātus (past participle of praeferre to prefer), equivalent to prae- pre- + lātus, suppletive past participle of ferre to bear1
Related forms
prelateship, noun
prelatic
[pri-lat-ik] /prɪˈlæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonprelatic, adjective
unprelatic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prelateship

prelate

/ˈprɛlɪt/
noun
1.
a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
Derived Forms
prelatic (prɪˈlætɪk), prelatical, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French prélat, from Church Latin praelātus, from Latin praeferre to hold in special esteem, prefer
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Word Origin and History for prelateship

prelate

n.

c.1200, from Old French prelat (Modern French prélate) and directly from Medieval Latin prelatus "clergyman of high rank," from Latin praelatus "one preferred," noun use of past participle of praeferre (see prefer), from prae "before" (see pre-) + latus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for prelateship

prelate

an ecclesiastical dignitary of high rank. In the modern Roman Catholic church, prelates are those who exercise the public power of the church. True prelacy is defined as "preeminence with jurisdiction," and true, or real, prelates are distinguished as (1) greater prelates, those who possess episcopal jurisdiction (such as patriarchs, archbishops, and bishops), and (2) lesser prelates, those who possess a quasi-episcopal or other jurisdiction (such as abbots and prelates "of no diocese" and religious superiors, withdrawn from the ordinary diocesan jurisdiction).

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