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spiritualty

[spir-i-choo-uh l-tee]
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noun, plural spir·it·u·al·ties.
  1. Often spiritualties. ecclesiastical property or revenue.
  2. the body of ecclesiastics; the clergy.

Origin of spiritualty

1350–1400; Middle English spiritualte < Middle French < Medieval Latin spīrituālitās; see spirituality
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Examples from the Web for spiritualty

Historical Examples

  • The two acts for the pardon of the spiritualty and temporalty were passed concurrently.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • The spiritualty were already exasperated by the clipping of their claws in the last session.

  • He had studied the question for seven years, and was satisfied that no temporal lord could be head of the spiritualty.

  • The king is ruled by a common —— Anne Boleyn, who has made all the spiritualty to be beggared, and the temporalty also.

  • All Mary's acts in favour of an independent legislation and jurisdiction of the spiritualty were repealed.


British Dictionary definitions for spiritualty

spiritualty

noun plural -ties archaic
  1. the clergy collectively
  2. another word for spirituality
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