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ton·sure

 (tŏn′shər)
n.
1. The act of shaving the head or part of the head, especially as a preliminary to becoming a priest or a member of a monastic order.
2. The part of a monk's or priest's head that has been shaved.
tr.v. ton·sured, ton·sur·ing, ton·sures
To shave the head of.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōnsūra, from Latin, a shearing, from tōnsus, past participle of tondēre, to shear; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]
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tonsure

(ˈtɒnʃə)
n
(Hairdressing & Grooming) (in certain religions and monastic orders)
a. the shaving of the head or the crown of the head only
b. the part of the head left bare by shaving
c. the state of being shaven thus
vb
(Hairdressing & Grooming) (tr) to shave the head of
[C14: from Latin tōnsūra a clipping, from tondēre to shave]
ˈtonsured adj
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ton•sure

(ˈtɒn ʃər)

n., v. -sured, -sur•ing. n.
1. the shaving of the head or of some part of it, esp. upon entering the priestood or a monastic order.
2. the part of a cleric's head, usu. the crown, left bare by shaving the hair.
3. the state of being shorn.
v.t.
4. to subject to tonsure.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tōnsūra a shearing =tōns(us), past participle of tondēre to shear, clip, shave + -ūra -ure]
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tonsure

1. the act or process of cutting the hair, especially as a religious rite or custom.
2. the shaved part of the head, usually the crown, of a member of a religious order. — tonsorial, adj.
See also: Hair
1. the act or process of cutting the hair, especially as a religious rite or custom.
2. the shaved part of the head, usually the crown, of a member of a religious order. — tonsorial, adj.
See also: Monks and Nuns
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tonsure


Past participle: tonsured
Gerund: tonsuring

Imperative
tonsure
tonsure
Present
I tonsure
you tonsure
he/she/it tonsures
we tonsure
you tonsure
they tonsure
Preterite
I tonsured
you tonsured
he/she/it tonsured
we tonsured
you tonsured
they tonsured
Present Continuous
I am tonsuring
you are tonsuring
he/she/it is tonsuring
we are tonsuring
you are tonsuring
they are tonsuring
Present Perfect
I have tonsured
you have tonsured
he/she/it has tonsured
we have tonsured
you have tonsured
they have tonsured
Past Continuous
I was tonsuring
you were tonsuring
he/she/it was tonsuring
we were tonsuring
you were tonsuring
they were tonsuring
Past Perfect
I had tonsured
you had tonsured
he/she/it had tonsured
we had tonsured
you had tonsured
they had tonsured
Future
I will tonsure
you will tonsure
he/she/it will tonsure
we will tonsure
you will tonsure
they will tonsure
Future Perfect
I will have tonsured
you will have tonsured
he/she/it will have tonsured
we will have tonsured
you will have tonsured
they will have tonsured
Future Continuous
I will be tonsuring
you will be tonsuring
he/she/it will be tonsuring
we will be tonsuring
you will be tonsuring
they will be tonsuring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tonsuring
you have been tonsuring
he/she/it has been tonsuring
we have been tonsuring
you have been tonsuring
they have been tonsuring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tonsuring
you will have been tonsuring
he/she/it will have been tonsuring
we will have been tonsuring
you will have been tonsuring
they will have been tonsuring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tonsuring
you had been tonsuring
he/she/it had been tonsuring
we had been tonsuring
you had been tonsuring
they had been tonsuring
Conditional
I would tonsure
you would tonsure
he/she/it would tonsure
we would tonsure
you would tonsure
they would tonsure
Past Conditional
I would have tonsured
you would have tonsured
he/she/it would have tonsured
we would have tonsured
you would have tonsured
they would have tonsured
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tonsure - the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's headtonsure - the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
pate, poll, crown - the top of the head
2.tonsure - shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic ordertonsure - shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
shave, shaving - the act of removing hair with a razor
Verb1.tonsure - shave the head of a newly inducted monktonsure - shave the head of a newly inducted monk
shave - remove body hair with a razor
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Translations
tonzúra
tonsura

tonsure

[ˈtɒnʃəʳ] (frm)
A. Ntonsura f
B. VTtonsurar
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tonsure

nTonsur f
vtscheren, die Tonsur erteilen (+dat) (spec)
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Another reason behind tonsuring our hair is that when we practice in mud they get damaged," she said.
"There is a ritual called 'dashkarm' (observed on the 10th day of death of a person) during which the mourning family members go for tonsuring their heads as a mark of grief and also cut their nails.
The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness.
The latest media reports on Bajrang Dal activists tonsuring a man for allegedly converting to Christianity in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh in India are disturbing.
Tonsuring hair at Baptism, a later development in Byzantine liturgy, is proscribed in the service books of some Byzantine Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox.
While the original Act included forcible removal of clothes as a crime, acts like parading of victims in semi- naked or naked state, tonsuring and garlanding by footwear will now qualify as a crime against the SC/ ST communities.
In addition, the ordinance has also included enhanced punishment against offences against women like stalking, voyeurism, acid attacks, tonsuring, disrobing, stripping, indecent gestures like words and inappropriate touch.
A throng of ripe humanity presses me through a series of wrought-iron gates and into the Kalyana Katta, the temple's tonsuring center.
Voluntary tonsuring did not carry the ignominy of shearing under duress.
They were very soon presented at a hurriedly-convened village court, which ordered for their tonsuring and parading in the village with their faces blacked.