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n. pl. ca·the·drae (-drē)
1. A bishop's official chair or throne.
2. The office or see of a bishop.
3. The official chair of an office or a position, as of a professor.

[Middle English, from Latin, chair, from Greek kathedrā : kat-, kata-, cata- + hedrā, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a bishop's throne
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office or rank of a bishop
3. (Roman Catholic Church) See ex cathedra
[from Latin: chair]
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(kəˈθi drə, ˈkæθ ɪ-)

n., pl. -drae (-dri, -ˌdri)
the seat or throne of a bishop in the principal church of a diocese.
[1625–35; < Latin < Greek kathédra chair, throne, derivative of kathézesthai to sit down]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cathedra - a throne that is the official chair of a bishopcathedra - a throne that is the official chair of a bishop
cathedral - any large and important church
throne - the chair of state for a monarch, bishop, etc.; "the king sat on his throne"
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Are we to have a Pope of science, with infallible decrees laid down EX CATHEDRA, and accepted without question by the poor humble public?
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AS THE excitement grows at Ex Cathedra, with the approaching 10th anniversaries of its two major education projects, Singing Playgrounds and Singing Medicine, it is looking forward to involving as many as possible of the schools, hospitals and other partners that it has worked with over the last ten years.
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And, speaking as Martin does of the word "chairman," if we do an etymological study we find that it does indeed have its root in the word "chair." Its origin is in the Latin word cathedra, from which we get the word cathedral, which refers to the bishop's seat/chair, because it was from the cathedra that the bishop exercised his authority regarding the affairs of the diocese.
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When CEOs express their ex cathedra opinions, usually via talented ghostwriters, their comments have been reviewed by the finance department, fact-checked by the public relations department, vetted by the lawyers.