Compaternity
Compaternity Com`pa*ter"ni*ty, n. [LL. compaternitas, fr. compater godfather; com- + pater father.] The relation of a godfather to a person. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The relation of gossipred or compaternity by the canon law is a spiritual affinity. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]


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  • compaternity — /kom peuh terr ni tee/, n. the relationship between the godparents of a child or between the godparents and the child s parents. [1400 50; late ME compaternite < ML compaternitas, equiv. to compater godfather (see COM , PATER) + (pater)nitas… …   Universalium

  • compaternity — spiritual relationship between child s parents and godparents Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • compaternity — com·paternity …   English syllables

  • compaternity —   n. relationship in spirit between god parents, and between them and actual parents …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • compaternity — Spiritual affinity, contracted by sponsorship in baptism …   Black's law dictionary

  • compaternity — Spiritual affinity, contracted by sponsorship in baptism …   Black's law dictionary

  • compaternity — The relation of a godparent toward his godchild …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • compaternity — |käm+ noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English compaternite, from Medieval Latin compaternitas, from compater godfather, after Latin pater father: Late Latin paternitas paternity more at compeer : the spiritual relation between the godparents of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ecclesiastical Terms — Christianity is an institution of extraordinary duration and complexity (not to mention insularity) and, over the past 2000 years, has developed its own extensive vocabulary that is largely incomprehensible to laypersons. This surprisingly large… …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • gossipred — /gosspred/ In canon law, compaternity; spiritual affinity …   Black's law dictionary

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