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[kwod-ruh-jes-uh-muh l]
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  1. of, relating to, or suitable for Lent; Lenten.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) lasting 40 days, as the fast of Lent.

Origin of Quadragesimal

First recorded in 1620–30; Quadragesim(a) + -al1
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Examples from the Web for quadragesimal

Historical Examples

  • And when ten days of the quadragesimal fast were yet remaining, there came one to summon him to the king.

    The Evolution Of An English Town

    Gordon Home

  • The common stinging-nettle (Sama) is, by boiling, also prepared into an indifferent food during the quadragesimal low diet.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

  • In Illyria, Achaia and Alexandria the quadragesimal fast lasted six weeks.

British Dictionary definitions for quadragesimal


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Lent or the season of Lent
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