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[sep-choo-uh-jes-uh-muh, -too-, -tyoo-] /ˌsɛp tʃu əˈdʒɛs ə mə, -tu-, -tyu-/
the third Sunday before Lent.
Also called Septuagesima Sunday.
Origin of Septuagesima
1350-1400; < Late Latin septuāgēsima (diēs) the seventieth (day), feminine of septuāgēsimus, ordinal corresponding to septuāgintā seventy; replacing Middle English septuages(i)me < Old French < Late Latin, as above Unabridged
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  • Septuagesima Sunday, when the first chapter of Genesis is read.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
  • But on the feasts of Saints on Septuagesima and Advent, violet or black is not to be used.

  • Renard assured her that the prince should be in her arms before Septuagesima, and all her trials would be over.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • The same consideration applies to the tracts, the use of which he extended in Septuagesima.

British Dictionary definitions for Septuagesima


the third Sunday before Lent
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin septuāgēsima (dīes) the seventieth (day); compare Quinquagesima
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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