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Septuagesima

[sep-choo-uh-jes-uh-muh, -too-, -tyoo-]
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noun
  1. the third Sunday before Lent.

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
Also called Septuagesima Sunday.
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Examples from the Web for septuagesima

Historical Examples

  • 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

Septuagesima

noun
  1. the third Sunday before Lent

Word Origin

C14: from Church Latin septuāgēsima (dīes) the seventieth (day); compare Quinquagesima
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