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1. The act of shaving the head or part of the head, especially as a preliminary to becoming a priest or a member of a monastic order.
2. The part of a monk's or priest's head that has been shaved.
tr.v. ton·sured, ton·sur·ing, ton·sures
To shave the head of.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōnsūra, from Latin, a shearing, from tōnsus, past participle of tondēre, to shear; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adj.1.tonsured - having a bald spot either shaved or naturaltonsured - having a bald spot either shaved or natural; "tonsured monks"
hairless - having no hair or fur; "a Mexican Hairless is about the size of a fox terrier and hairless except for a tufts on the head and tail"
References in classic literature ?
One garment was all that Norman of Torn would permit him, and as the sun was hot overhead he selected for the Bishop a bassinet for that single article of apparel, to protect his tonsured pate from the rays of old sol.
At the further end, in two high chairs as large as that of the Abbot, though hardly as elaborately carved, sat the master of the novices and the chancellor, the latter a broad and portly priest, with dark mirthful eyes and a thick outgrowth of crisp black hair all round his tonsured head.
And so it remains to all time a lasting record of human needs and human consolations; the voice of a brother who, ages ago, felt and suffered and renounced,--in the cloister, perhaps, with serge gown and tonsured head, with much chanting and long fasts, and with a fashion of speech different from ours,--but under the same silent far-off heavens, and with the same passionate desires, the same strivings, the same failures, the same weariness.
Last month, two women, both mother and daughter, were dragged out of their homes, tonsured and forced to eat human excreta on the suspicion of being "witches" in Jharkhand.
Summary: Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], Feb 18 (ANI): A 65-year-old woman and her 35-year-old daughter were allegedly forced to eat human excreta and their heads were tonsured by their neighbours on the suspicion of practising "witchcraft".
Most striking, perhaps, in this single-owner collection, is the large 14th-century example in the form of a tonsured and bearded man in a richly ornamented Italian silk jacket (fragments of which have been identified in several museum collections).
Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, the vice- president of West Bengal United Minority Council, had announced a reward of ` 10 lakh to anybody who tonsured the Bollywood singer and garlanded him with old shoes.
Kings, presidents, maharajahs and pimply youths in the sixth form, 11 shone in resplendent white against a background of elegantly tonsured greensward.
printer for many years, building committee member for the new church building, and a tonsured reader.
Zhaleo Rio asked how could the northeast students and youth be attacked simply because they could not speak local dialects of that areas or be tonsured their heads after hours of brutalities.
This strange amalgam of an elongated, tonsured head with blank eyes, shoes, circles, squares, exclamation and question marks, and two long-fingered hands, above the inscriptions 'Sightless : Blind : Well-Wrapped-Up' and '1913 (summer)', is on the same thick, oblong paper as Undertenishness, which suggests that they were made about the same time and, like Before and Afterwards, thematically related.