Stickit minister

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a candidate for the clerical office who fails, disqualified by incompetency or immorality.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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With the success of his novels The Stickit Minister (1893) and The Lilac Sunbonnet (1894), he abandoned the ministry for writing, following the vogue for novels in Scots dialect set by James M.