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abthane a monastic region of the old Irish church.
advowson a right of presentation to a church living.
altarage a payment to a priest for mass; offerings at an altar.
ann (Scots) the half-year's stipend payable to a minister's wife on his death.
annat (Scots) the half-year's stipend payable to a minister's wife on his death.
annates (Hist.) the first year's profits of a spiritual preferment, anciently paid by the clergy to the pope.
archbishopric the see or province over which an archbishop exercises authority.
archdeaconry the district or residence of an archdeacon.
archdiocesan relating to archdiocese.
archdiocese the diocese of an archbishop.
archpriesthood the office of archpriest.
autocephalic of a bishop, independent of any higher governing body.
autocephalous of a bishop, independent of any higher governing body.
bayyan (Arabic) an official declaration.
benefice an ecclesiastical office to which revenue is attached; (verb) to endow with a benefice.
besaint (Arch.) to make a saint of.
caesaropapism control of the church by a secular ruler.
canonisation the act of canonising.
canonise to make a saint.
canonize to make a saint.
canonry the benefice, office, or status of a canon.
cardinalate the office or dignity of cardinal; the cardinals collectively.
catholicate the jurisdiction of a catholicos.
clericalism a policy of maintaining or increasing the power of a religious hierarchy.
clericalist one who favors maintained or increased ecclesiastical power and influence.
coenobium a religious community; a colony of unicellular organisms.
collative having the power of conferring; of livings where the bishop and patron are one and the same person.
collegialism the theory that the church is independent from the state.
collegiality the process of making decisions, taking actions etc. shared by all the bishops of a church.
colportage (Fr.) the distribution of religious books, tracts, etc., by colporteurs.
commendam (Lat.) a vacant living or benefice commended to a cleric (usually a bishop) who enjoyed the revenue until a pastor was provided.
consistorial relating to a consistory, a solemn assembly or council.
consistorian relating to a consistory, a solemn assembly or council.
consistory a solemn assembly or council; a church tribunal.
corody an allowance; a pension; orig the right of the lord to claim free lodging from the vassal.
decretal a papal decree deciding a point of church law.
decretalist one who studies decretals.
defrock to deprive of priestly frock or ecclesiastical rank.
deodate (Obs.) a gift to or from God.
dischurch (Obs.) to deprive of church rank or privileges.
disendow to deprive of an endowment, as a church.
donative a benefice presented to church without reference to a bishop.
ecumenic general; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church.
ecumenical general; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church.
ecumenically (Adv.) ECUMENICAL, concerning the whole church.
ecumenics the study of ecumenicism.
eirenics eirenical theology, concerned with promoting peace between churches.
encyclic a letter sent by the pope to multiple bishops.
encyclical a letter sent by the pope to multiple bishops.
episcopacy government of the church by bishops.
episcopal governed by bishops; as, an episcopal church.
episcopalism episcopalian government and doctrine.
episcopally (Adv.) EPISCOPAL, governed by bishops.
excommunication an ecclesiastical censure depriving a person of the rights of church membership.
excommunicative relating to excommunication.
excommunicator one who excommunicates.
excommunicatory of or relating to excommunication.
fabrique a parish group that deals with church property.
fatwa (Arabic) an Islamic religious decree; (verb) to issue an Islamic religious decree.
fatwah (Arabic) an Islamic religious decree; (verb) to issue such a decree.
fetwa (Arabic) an Islamic religious decree.
glebe the land belonging to a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice.
glebeless without a glebe, the land belonging to a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice.
gospelise to evangelize; to square with gospel.
gospelize to evangelize; to square with gospel.
gospellise to evangelize; to square with gospel.
gospellize to evangelize; to square with gospel.
hudna (Arabic) in Islam, a truce or ceasefire for an agreed duration.
hudud (Arabic) a set of laws and punishments specifed in the Koran.
ijtihad (Arabic) the use of reasoning in Islamic law.
impropriate to transfer ecclesiastical revenue to a layman.
incardinate to make cardinal; to receive (priest) from another diocese.
incardination acceptance by a diocese of clergyman from another diocese.
indult a special temporary dispensation granted by the Catholic church.
kashrus (Hebrew) the laws of kosher-ness.
kashrut (Hebrew) the laws of kosher-ness.
kashruth (Hebrew) the laws of kosher-ness.
ketubah (Hebrew) a contract that states the obligation in Jewish marriages.
laic pertaining to lay people rather than clergy (noun) a lay person
laical of or pertaining to a layman or the laity.
laically (Adv.) LAICAL, of or pertaining to a layman or the laity.
laicisation the process of returning a clergyman to lay status.
laicise to make lay.
laicity the state of being lay.
laicization the process of returning a clergyman to lay status.
laicize to make lay.
mitsvah (Hebrew) a precept; a duty, an obligation, a good deed.
mitzvah (Hebrew) a precept; a duty, an obligation; a good deed.
nonkosher not kosher; (noun) food that is not kosher.
notitia (Lat.) a roll, list or register.
oecumenic general; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church.
oecumenical general; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church.
oecumenically (Adv.) OECUMENICAL, general; universal.
parish a subdivision of a diocese, usually having its own church and a priest or pastor with spiritual responsibility for the people living in the area.
plenarty the fact of a church living's being occupied; the state of having an incumbent.
prebend a stipend furnished by a cathedral to a chapter canon.
prebendal relating to prebends, stipends issued by a church.
presbyterianism the form of church government by presbyters.
primitiae (Lat.) the first year's revenue of a benefice.
primitial of or relating to primitiae, the first year's revenue of a benefice.
primitias (Spenser) the first year's revenue of a benefice.
prothonotariat the college constituted by the twelve apostolical prothonotaries (bishops and senior members of the curia) in Rome.
protonotariat the college constituted by the twelve apostolical prothonotaries (bishops and senior members of the curia) in Rome.
recusance the state of being recusant, one who refuses to attend Catholic church services.
recusancy the state of being recusant, one who refuses to attend Catholic church services.
regalism the doctrine of the monarch's supremacy in church affairs.
rescript the answer of pope or emperor to any legal question; an edict or decree; (verb) to issue an edict or decree.
riba (Arabic) interest or usury, as forbidden by the Koran.
rota (Lat.) a roster; a tribunal in the Roman Catholic church.
sangh (Hindi) an association promoting unity between different groups in Hinduism.
semibull a bull issued by a pope in the period between his election and coronation.
shoora (Arabic) the Islamic principle of (rule by) consultation; an Islamic consultative council.
shura (Arabic) the Islamic principle of (rule by) consultation; an Islamic consultative council.
spiritualty being spiritual.
succursal subsidiary; (noun) a branch or subsidiary establishment, esp religious.
succursale subsidiary; (noun) a branch or subsidiary establishment, esp religious.
synod an ecclesiastical assembly or council.
synodal of or like a synod; (noun) a payment made by a clergyman on the occasion of a synod.
synodic enacted or made by or at a synod.
synodical enacted or made by or at a synod.
synodically (Adv.) SYNODICAL, enacted or made by or at a synod.
talak (Arabic) in Islamic law, divorce, esp by the husband's verbal repudiation of his wife in the presence of witnesses.
talaq (Arabic) in Islamic law, divorce, esp by the husband's verbal repudiation of his wife in the presence of witnesses.
tithe a tenth part; a tax payable to the church; (verb) to impose this as a tax.
tythe a tenth part; a tax payable to the church; (verb) to impose a tax of a tithe.
ultramontanism supporting the supremacy of the Pope.
unbishop to deprive of the status of bishop.
uncanonize to deprive of canonical authority.
undeify to deprive of the nature of a god.
unfrock to deprive of priestly frock or ecclesiastical rank.
unpope to divest of popedom.
unpriest to deprive of priesthood; to unfrock.
unsaint to deprive of saintship; to deny sanctity to.
wakf (Arabic) the donation of land, property or money for charitable or pious purposes.
waqf (Arabic) the donation of land, property or money for charitable or pious purposes.