- Often spiritualties. ecclesiastical property or revenue.
- 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
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.The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)
James Anthony Froude
All Mary's acts in favour of an independent legislation and jurisdiction of the spiritualty were repealed.
- the clergy collectively
- another word for spirituality
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