[ tur-shuh n-ship ]
/ ˈtɜr ʃənˌʃɪp /


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


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Origin of tertianship

First recorded in 1850–55; tertian + -ship
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Example sentences from the Web for tertianship

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

    The Priestly Vocation|Bishop Bernard Ward