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In Christianity, a group of men or women who live under religious vows. The three vows commonly taken are to relinquish all possessions and personal authority (vows of poverty and obedience) and not to engage in sexual relations (a vow of chastity). Religious orders are found in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, and, although rarely, in Protestant churches. The Franciscans, Jesuits, and Trappists are religious orders.

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  • When they were seated: “What religious order would be likely to accept me?”

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • I would hold on to my money—and found a religious order with it.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • I don't understand why, if she is married, she wears the dress of a religious order.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
  • This was his idea of the perfection of religious order and right.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • The dress, however, is not strictly that of any religious order.

    The Purcell Papers Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The dress, however, was not strictly that of any religious order.

    The Watcher J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • A religious order with such members is the reverse of decadent.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • She was more like a sister of a religious order than a woman of the world.

    Greifenstein F. Marion Crawford
  • Used in the common medieval sense of entering a religious order.

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