[ tur-shuhn-ship ]

  1. (in the Jesuit order) a period of strict discipline before the taking of final vows, beginning one or two years after ordination.

Origin of tertianship

First recorded in 1850–55; tertian + -ship

Words Nearby tertianship

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How to use tertianship in a sentence

  • It is little enough, lasting only a few days compared with a whole year of the tertianship.

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