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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.
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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
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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"
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