Prelatic

prelate

[prel-it]
noun
an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop, bishop, etc.; a church dignitary.

Origin:
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

prelateship, noun
prelatic [pri-lat-ik] , adjective
nonprelatic, adjective
unprelatic, adjective
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prelate (ˈprɛlɪt)
 
n
a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
 
[C13: from Old French prélat, from Church Latin praelātus, from Latin praeferre to hold in special esteem, prefer]
 
prelatic
 
adj
 
pre'latical
 
adj

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prelate
c.1200, from M.L. prelatus "clergyman of high rank," from L. prelatus "one preferred," from prælatus, serving as pp. of præferre (see prefer), from præ "before" + latus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).
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