Decretist De*cre"tist, n. [LL. decretista, fr. decretum: cf. F. d['e]cr['e]tiste. See {Decree}, n.] One who studies, or professes the knowledge of, the decretals. [1913 Webster]

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  • Decretist — In the history of canon law, a decretist was student and interpreter of the Decretum Gratiani. Like Gratian, the decretists sought to provide a harmony of discordant canons (concordia discordantium canonum), and they worked towards this through… …   Wikipedia

  • decretist — /di kree tist/, n. (in medieval universities) 1. a student in the faculty of law. 2. a student of the Decretals; expert in the canon law. [1350 1400; < ML decretista, equiv. to L decret(um) DECREE + ista IST] * * * …   Universalium

  • decretist — de·cre·tist …   English syllables

  • decretist — ēd.ə̇st, ētə̇ noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English decretiste, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin decretista, from Latin decretum decree + ista ist : one specializing in the study of decretals …   Useful english dictionary

  • Legist — The term Legist, from the Latin lex law , literally denotes any expert or student of law.It was especially used since the Carolingian dynasty for royal councillors who advised the monarch in legal matters, and specifically helped base its… …   Wikipedia

  • Decretalist — Decretalist, Glossator oder Erklärer der Decretalen. Decretist, im Mittelalter was Canonist; besonders im Gegensatze gegen die Juristen, welche auf dem röm. Rechte fußend die Fürstengewalt gegenüber dem Papste geltend machen wollten …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Legists — • Teachers of civil or Roman law, who, besides expounding sources, explaining terms, elucidating texts, summarizing the contents of chapters, etc., illustrated by cases, real or imaginary, the numerous questions and distinctions arising out of… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Decretalist — In the history of canon law, the decretalists of the thirteenth century formed a school of interpretation that emphasised the decretals, those letters issued by the Popes ruling on matters of church discipline (epistolae decretales), in… …   Wikipedia

  • divine — adj 1. godly, godlike, deiform, deified; sacred, religious, holy, saintly, sainted, venerable, angelic, seraphic, blessed, blest, sanctified, hallowed, consecrated. 2. heavenly, celestial, spiritual, ethereal, supernal; beatific, blissful,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • hierophant — n 1.(in reference to sacred mysteries) expounder, expositor, explicator, explainer, interpreter, revealer, teacher. 2. divine, theologian, hierologist; exegete, Biblical scholar, textualist, Talmudist, Talmudic scholar; canonist, decretist. 3.… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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