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1. of or relating to the number seven
2. forming a group of seven
3. another word for septennial
n, pl -naries
4. the number seven
5. a group of seven things
6. a period of seven years
7. (Poetry) prosody a line of seven metrical feet
[C16: from Latin septēnārius, from septēnī seven each, from septem seven]


(ˈsɛp təˌnɛr i)

of or pertaining to the number seven or forming a group of seven.
[1570–80; < Latin septēnārius]


 a group of seven; seven years.
Examples: septenary of days (a week), 1660; of planets, 1650; of years.
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Noun1.septenary - the cardinal number that is the sum of six and oneseptenary - the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
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74) This list, notably, contains exactly seven entries, one of the numbers most frequently used in sacred catalogues such as the septenaries of deadly sins, remedial virtues, gifts of the Holy Spirit, and petitions in the Lord's Prayer.
21) The prevalence of this schematic mode of exposition is apparent in visual representations, in the likely format of the now lost Pater Noster morality play, which dramatized the relationship between the petitions, vices, and virtues before the people, and in the wide dissemination of the popular poem Speculum Vitae, which used the seven petitions of the Pater Noster and associated septenaries to structure its huge volume of material.