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presbyterate

[prez-bit-er-it, -uh-reyt, pres-]
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noun
  1. the office of a presbyter or elder.
  2. a body of presbyters or elders.

Origin of presbyterate

From the Medieval Latin word presbyterātus, dating back to 1635–45. See presbyter, -ate3
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Examples from the Web for presbyterate

Historical Examples

  • The Presbyterate could have no worse ideal, and could follow no more pernicious example, than that of the Jewish priesthood.

    The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings

    F. W. Farrar

  • But the candidature of this person, who had been deposed from the presbyterate under Leo IV., was indefensible.


British Dictionary definitions for presbyterate

presbyterate

noun
  1. the status or office of a presbyter
  2. a group of presbyters
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