Prelacies
Prelacy Prel"a*cy, n.; pl. {Prelacies}. [LL. praelatia. See {Prelate}; cf. {Prelaty}.] 1. The office or dignity of a prelate; church government by prelates. [1913 Webster]

Prelacies may be termed the greater benefices. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

2. The order of prelates, taken collectively; the body of ecclesiastical dignitaries. ``Divers of the reverend prelacy, and other most judicious men.'' --Hooker. [1913 Webster]


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