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  1. a person who is a specialist in canon law.
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Origin of canonist

1350–1400; Middle English. See canon1, -ist
Related formscan·on·is·tic, can·on·is·ti·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for canonist

Historical Examples

  • Stephen of Tournai, a canonist of the twelfth century, recognizes the two powers; but he only knows one society, under one king.

    The Unity of Civilization


  • His life under these circumstances continued to be simply that of a physician and canonist.

  • In 1874 Father Camillo Tarquini was raised to the cardinalate for his ability as a canonist.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • Joannes of Lignano, near Milan, a canonist and natural philosopher, who flourished about 1378.

    Chaucer for Children

    Mrs. H. R. Haweis

  • Linian; 'the canonist Giovanni di Lignano, once illustrious, now forgotten, though several works of his remain.

British Dictionary definitions for canonist


  1. a specialist in canon law
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