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Defender of the Faith

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noun

a title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521, later withdrawn but restored by Parliament and used ever since by English sovereigns.

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Origin of Defender of the Faith

Translation of New Latin Fidēī dēfēnsor
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Defender of the Faith

noun

the title conferred upon Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521 in recognition of the King's pamphlet attacking Luther's doctrines and retained by subsequent monarchs of EnglandLatin term: Fidei Defensor
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