Regular clergy
Clergy Cler"gy, n. [OE. clergie, clergi, clerge, OF. clergie, F. clergie (fr. clerc clerc, fr. L. clericus priest) confused with OF. clergi['e], F. clerg['e], fr. LL. clericatus office of priest, monastic life, fr. L. clericus priest, LL. scholar, clerc. Both the Old French words meant clergy, in sense 1, the former having also sense 2. See {Clerk}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The body of men set apart, by due ordination, to the service of God, in the Christian church, in distinction from the laity; in England, usually restricted to the ministers of the Established Church. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Learning; also, a learned profession. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Sophictry . . . rhetoric, and other cleargy. --Guy of Warwick. [1913 Webster]

Put their second sons to learn some clergy. --State Papers (1515). [1913 Webster]

3. The privilege or benefit of clergy. [1913 Webster]

If convicted of a clergyable felony, he is entitled equally to his clergy after as before conviction. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{Benefit of clergy} (Eng., Law), the exemption of the persons of clergymen from criminal process before a secular judge -- a privilege which was extended to all who could read, such persons being, in the eye of the law, clerici, or clerks. This privilege was abridged and modified by various statutes, and finally abolished in the reign of George IV. (1827).

{Regular clergy}, {Secular clergy} See {Regular}, n., and {Secular}, a. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Regular clergy — Regular clergy, or just regulars, is applied in the Roman Catholic Church to clerics who follow a rule (Latin regula ) in their life. Strictly, it means those members of religious orders who have made solemn profession. It contrasts with secular… …   Wikipedia

  • Regular Clergy — ♦ Monks, canons, friars and other clergy who lived in communities under a rule; word derived from the Latin word regula, rule ; often contrasted with the secular clergy, the bishops and priests who worked in the world. (Lynch, Joseph H. The… …   Medieval glossary

  • regular clergy — Members of the clergy who belonged to some monastery or religious house, as distinguished from members of the secular clergy who did not …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Regular clergy — Monks and nuns whose lives were subject to a rule, e.g. the Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, Premonstratensians. The Latin regula = a rule …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • regular clergy —  Черное духовенство …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Clergy — Cler gy, n. [OE. clergie, clergi, clerge, OF. clergie, F. clergie (fr. clerc clerc, fr. L. clericus priest) confused with OF. clergi[ e], F. clerg[ e], fr. LL. clericatus office of priest, monastic life, fr. L. clericus priest, LL. scholar, clerc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Regular — Reg u*lar ( l?r), a. [L. regularis, fr. regula a rule, fr. regere to guide, to rule: cf. F. r[ e]gulier. See {Rule}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Conformed to a rule; agreeable to an established rule, law, principle, or type, or to established customary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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