religious order


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Noun1.religious order - a subdivision of a larger religious groupreligious order - a subdivision of a larger religious group
sisterhood - a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
Albigenses, Cathari, Cathars - a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
High Anglican Church, High Church - a group in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church authority)
Abecedarian - a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
Amish sect - an orthodox Anabaptist sect separated from the Mennonites in late 17th century; settled chiefly in southeastern Pennsylvania
Karaites - a Jewish sect that recognizes only the Hebrew Scriptures as the source of divinely inspired legislation and denies the authority of the postbiblical tradition of the Talmud; the sect arose in Iraq in the eighth century
Shia, Shiah, Shiah Islam - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
Sunni Islam, Sunni - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam
Shivaism, Sivaism - a Hindu sect worshiping Shiva
Saktism, Shaktism - a Hindu sect worshiping Shakti
Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism - Hindu sect worshiping of Vishnu
Haredi - any of several sects of Orthodox Judaism that reject modern secular culture and many of whom do not recognize the spiritual authority of the modern state of Israel
International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, Hare Krishna - a religious sect founded in the United States in 1966; based on Vedic scriptures; groups engage in joyful chanting of `Hare Krishna' and other mantras based on the name of the Hindu god Krishna; devotees usually wear saffron robes and practice vegetarianism and celibacy
Jainism - sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
Taoism - a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
Kokka, Kokka Shinto - the branch of Shinto recognized as the official state religion of Japan
Shua, Shuha Shinto - any branch of Shinto other than Kokka
brethren - (plural) the lay members of a male religious order
monastic order, order - a group of person living under a religious rule; "the order of Saint Benedict"
Quakers, Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends - a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1660; commonly called Quakers
Shakers, United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing - a celibate and communistic Christian sect in the United States
Vaudois, Waldenses - a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
Zurvanism - a Zoroastrian sect that claims Zurvan was the ultimate source of the universe
convent - a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
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She found her epos in the reform of a religious order.
For the truth of the matter is they were knights chosen by the kings of France, and called 'Peers' because they were all equal in worth, rank and prowess (at least if they were not they ought to have been), and it was a kind of religious order like those of Santiago and Calatrava in the present day, in which it is assumed that those who take it are valiant knights of distinction and good birth; and just as we say now a Knight of St.
You speak to me," he said, "of that religious order whose chief you are.
Undoubtedly the position of supernumerary in a government office is precisely what the novitiate is in a religious order,--a trial.
If such prove the case,'' said the master, ``my religious orders are soon taken Pax vobiscum.
Catholics commemorate tomorrow the life and works of Saint Angela Merici, venerated as the apostle of education, and the founder of a religious order known as the Order of Saint Ursula (Ursulines).
ECONOMIST David McWilliams yesterday attacked the religious order at the centre of the controversy over the new National Maternity Hospital as landlords with rosary beads.
The message to the minister is clear - we cannot hand over a [euro]300million Women and Children's hospital to the same religious order that inflicted so much pain on others like them in the not-so-distant past.
A CONSERVATIVE religious order has apologised to victims of sexual abuse by its founder.
The Community of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the religious order that has had teachers at the school for 33 years, announced they are terminating their contract with the school effective June 30.
The religious order had signed a purchase and sale agreement with Boston-based American Tower in April 2005 to acquire the 99 acres.
While English Heritage had hoped another religious order would take the building on and therefore retain its current use, others are looking at more dramatic plans, including turning the abbey into flats.

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