Defender of the Faith


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 a title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521, later withdrawn but restored by Parliament and used ever since by English sovereigns.

Origin of Defender of the Faith

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Translation of New Latin Fidēī dēfēnsor

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Defender of the Faith

noun
  1. 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 England: Latin term: Fidei Defensor

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