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mother superior

n. pl. mothers superior or mother superiors
A woman in charge of a religious community of women.
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mother superior

n, pl mother superiors or mothers superior
(Roman Catholic Church) the head of a community of nuns
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moth′er supe′rior


n., pl. mother superiors, mothers superior.
the head of a Christian religious community for women.
[1905–10]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mother superior - the superior of a group of nunsmother superior - the superior of a group of nuns  
mother - a term of address for a mother superior
superior - the head of a religious community
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Translations
matka predstavená

Mother Superior

nmadre superiora
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References in classic literature ?
The Mother Superior was standing on the right side of the bed.
In front of them was a fringe of nuns, and higher up the slope, facing towards them, a single figure whom we took to be the Mother Superior. Unlike the pleasure-seekers in the motor-car, these people seemed to have had warning of their danger and to have died beautifully together, the teachers and the taught, assembled for their last common lesson.
Experts say that dependency has dissuaded mother superiors from taking accusations from their sisters up the chain of command, since the bishop could retaliate against the congregation if he has a greater interest in protecting his priest.
* A zany (and sexually frustrated) sidekick, Sister Acacius (Julie Halston, a legend in her own right), who keeps everyone's spirits up with her dirty mouth, vulgar jokes and Whoopi Goldberg delivery, while loyally guarding the secrets of Mother Superiors romantic past.
"She's one of the most fantastic Mother Superiors we've ever had - and we've had literally hundreds," Goggin said.
In the long history of confrontations between mother superiors and the hierarchy, surely this is one of the most egregious.