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Quadragesima

[kwod-ruh-jes-uh-muh]
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noun
  1. the first Sunday in Lent.
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Origin of Quadragesima

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima, short for Latin quadrāgēsima diēs fortieth day
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  • This status continued through Lent, and hence the incepting bachelor was described as stans in quadragesima.

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    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • The diet is to be the same as in Quadragesima; clerks not observing these rogations are to be punished by the bishop.


British Dictionary definitions for quadragesima

Quadragesima

noun
  1. Also called: Quadragesima Sunday the first Sunday in Lent
  2. obsolete the forty days of Lent
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima dies the fortieth day
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Word Origin and History for quadragesima

Quadragesima

n.

c.1600, from Medieval Latin quadragesima (dies) "the fortieth (day)," altered diminutive of Latin quadrigesimus "fortieth," from quadriginta "forty," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Related: Quadragesimal.

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