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Holy Office

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a congregation founded in 1542 to succeed the suppressed Inquisition and entrusted with matters pertaining to faith and morals, as the judgment of heresy, the application of canonical punishment, and the examination of books and prohibition of those held dangerous to faith and morals.
Origin of Holy Office
First recorded in 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Holy Office
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  • You were a familiar of the Holy Office here at Seville—were you not?

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • That which they call a Holy Office is not so much as brave and manly.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "These are familiars of the Holy Office," he answered me, his tone very grave.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • "He is in the clutches of the Holy Office," answered Cavalcanti miserably.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • He, being a pious man, will hand you over to the Holy Office.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • My fitness for this high and Holy Office was not admitted without proof.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • During the years that had passed since then, the Holy Office had appeared to slumber.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
  • Carlos recognized the official phraseology of the Holy Office.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
  • This was not the course usually taken by prisoners of the Holy Office.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
  • But what mattered the antipathies of a prisoner of the Holy Office?

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
British Dictionary definitions for Holy Office

Holy Office

(RC Church) a congregation established in 1542 as the final court of appeal in heresy trials; it now deals with matters of doctrine
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