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mon·strance

 (mŏn′strəns)
n. Roman Catholic Church
A receptacle in which the host is held and displayed. Also called ostensorium.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāns, mōnstrant-, present participle of mōnstrāre, to show, from mōnstrum, portent, monster; see monster.]

monstrance

(ˈmɒnstrəns)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a receptacle, usually of gold or silver, with a transparent container in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
[C16: from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāre to show]

mon•strance

(ˈmɒn strəns)

n.
a receptacle, usu. of gold or silver, in which the Host is displayed for adoration.
[1400–50; late Middle English mustraunce, monstrans < Old French < Medieval Latin mōnstrantia= Latin mōnstr(āre) to show (see muster) + -antia -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monstrance - proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion
proof - a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it
2.monstrance - (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
vessel - an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
Translations

monstrance

[ˈmɒnstrəns] Ncustodia f

monstrance

n (Eccl) → Monstranz f

monstrance

[ˈmɒnstrəns] nostensorio
References in classic literature ?
He loved to kneel down on the cold marble pavement and watch the priest, in his stiff flowered dalmatic, slowly and with white hands moving aside the veil of the tabernacle, or raising aloft the jewelled, lantern-shaped monstrance with that pallid wafer that at times, one would fain think, is indeed the "panis caelestis," the bread of angels, or, robed in the garments of the Passion of Christ, breaking the Host into the chalice and smiting his breast for his sins.
I dared not run in debt to buy that beautiful monstrance, worthy of a cathedral.
You have given a monstrance to the church, that cost five thousand francs.
The church of Saint-Paul has long needed a monstrance in keeping with the magnificence of that basilica, itself due to the Company of Jesus.
Monsieur Rabourdin certainly has talent, but a man who in these days gives a six-thousand-franc monstrance to the Church has a devilish deal more talent than he.
They cracked my ears last night with that monstrance.
And our nephew is giving monstrances to the church," snarled Gigonnet.
The shelves also contain rock crystal and a religious vessel, probably a monstrance, which depicts a pelican piercing its breast to provide for its young.
She knelt for hours on sturdy legs in front of the host in the golden, sun-like monstrance.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that some sacred items, including a ciborium ( receptacle) and a monstrance kept inside a tabernacle, a cabinet made of wood and glass, were taken away.
At each of the nearly 250 parishes and outlying chapels of the diocese, the inspection reports covered topics such as the condition of the built fabric of the church and its windows, the solidity of the tabernacle, whether there is a monstrance for Eucharistic exposition, the positioning of side altars, whether there is a confessional, whether the baptismal and marriage registers are kept up, whether the pastor lives nearby, whether he preaches and gives classes in Christian doctrine, and whether the parish cemetery is maintained and protected by a wall against wandering animals.
Brother Josephs devotion to the Little Flower is reflected in an expressive statue of Carrera marble as she prays beside a monstrance embedded with coloured stones and glass.