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mother superior

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

mother superior

n, pl mother superiors or mothers superior
(Roman Catholic Church) the head of a community of nuns

moth′er supe′rior


n., pl. mother superiors, mothers superior.
the head of a Christian religious community for women.
[1905–10]
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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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.
The tottering halfway house, run by a cruel Mother Superior (Carolyn Hennesy), is home to a lot of women who face a grim future after they get knocked up unexpectedly by men who 'don't love them enough.'
The Vatican, for example, launched an investigation last year into a small religious order in Chile after sisters reported some of their fellow nuns had been thrown out of the congregation after they brought their complaints of abuse by priests to their mother superior.
This year's festive special, filmed in June, will see the nuns called back to their order as their Mother Superior is taken ill.
Poplar is preparing for Christmas but Mother Superior is dying so everyone's busy with the election of her successor too.
Call The Midwife Christmas Special BBC One, 7.45pm As Poplar prepares for Christmas, the nuns travel to the Mother House to elect a new mother superior. Sister Julienne is the obvious replacement and must face this possibility as her future at Nonnatus House hangs in the balance.
That's like having Mother Superior actor Peter Mullan but ending up with a guy who thinks sending dead rats to people is method acting.
Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Filled with powerful Gospel music, a '70s disco feel, outrageous dancing, comedy and a moving story, Sister Act will leave you shouting for more!
Deir Ezzor Governor Mohammad Ibrahim Samra met Mother Superior of the Monastery of Mar Yakub, Fadia al-Laham, and the delegation accompanied the convoy and discussed with them ways to increase the services and humanitarian assistance provided by the Convent to the people of the eastern province, recently liberated from ISIS terrorists.
But the most searing material here is reserved for Melissa Leo, who's startling as a Mother Superior whose sense of spiritual purpose is rocked by the new reforms.
Questions about maintaining faith in the face of the unspeakable are raised but never adequately answered, while the convent's icy mother superior comes straight from the panto playbook.