benefit of clergy


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benefit of clergy

n.
1. The authorized sanction of a religious rite: cohabiting without benefit of clergy.
2. Exemption from trial or punishment in a civil court, given to the clergy in the Middle Ages.

benefit of clergy

n
1. sanction by the church: marriage without benefit of clergy.
2. (Historical Terms) (in the Middle Ages) a privilege that placed the clergy outside the jurisdiction of secular courts and entitled them to trial in ecclesiastical courts

ben′efit of cler′gy


n.
1. the rites or sanctions of a church: living together without benefit of clergy.
2. the medieval privilege of clerics to be tried by ecclesiastic rather than secular courts.
[1480–90]
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Noun1.benefit of clergy - sanction by a religious ritebenefit of clergy - sanction by a religious rite; "they are living together without benefit of clergy"
sanction - the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"
References in classic literature ?
At her own home, both at Southdown and at Trottermore Castle, this tall and awful missionary of the truth rode about the country in her barouche with outriders, launched packets of tracts among the cottagers and tenants, and would order Gaffer Jones to be converted, as she would order Goody Hicks to take a James's powder, without appeal, resistance, or benefit of clergy.
There is a deep and serious sharing of gifts of the Spirit in such groups that function without benefit of clergy.
Bell denied murder, but was con-victed of manslaughter - and was also branded after praying benefit of clergy.
The generally accepted way of proving one's entitlement to benefit of clergy was by demonstrating an ability to read, since reading was pretty well restricted to those with a theological background.