Holy office
Office Of"fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a duty that arises from the relations of man to man; as, kind offices, pious offices. [1913 Webster]

I would I could do a good office between you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or authority; as, an executive or judical office; a municipal office. [1913 Webster]

3. A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God himself; as, the office of a priest under the old dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new. [1913 Webster]

Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office. --Rom. xi. 13. [1913 Webster]

4. That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done, by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent beings. [1913 Webster]

They [the eyes] resign their office and their light. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Hesperus, whose office is to bring Twilight upon the earth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

In this experiment the several intervals of the teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

5. The place where any kind of business or service for others is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in which public officers or workers in any organization transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office. [1913 Webster +PJC]

6. The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the office. [1913 Webster]

7. pl. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics discharge the duties attached to the service of a house, as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

As for the offices, let them stand at distance. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

8. (Eccl.) Any service other than that of ordination and the Mass; any prescribed religious service. [1913 Webster]

This morning was read in the church, after the office was done, the declaration setting forth the late conspiracy against the king's person. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

{Holy office}. Same as {Inquisition}, n., 3.

{Houses of office}. Same as def. 7 above. --Chaucer.

{Little office} (R. C. Ch.), an office recited in honor of the Virgin Mary.

{Office bearer}, an officer; one who has a specific office or duty to perform.

{Office copy} (Law), an authenticated or certified copy of a record, from the proper office. See {Certified copies}, under {Copy}. --Abbott.

{Office-found} (Law), the finding of an inquest of office. See under {Inquest}.

{Office holder}. See {Officeholder} in the Vocabulary

{Office hours}. the hours of the day during which business is transacted at an office[5].

{Office seeker}. a person who is attempting to get elected to an elected office, or to get an appointment to an appointive public office. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Holy office — Holy Ho ly, a. [Compar. {Holier}; superl. {Holiest}.] [OE. holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation, happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Holy Office — n. R.C.Ch.former name for The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a department of the Curia established to investigate and correct unorthodox doctrine …   English World dictionary

  • Holy Office —    This term was the name originally given to the Vatican dicastery or curial office in charge of preserving doctrinal orthodoxy and preventing heresy; in the past, the Holy Office included the Inquisition, which was a tribunal for detecting and… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Holy Office — noun Date: circa 1741 used formerly as the name of the Roman Catholic congregation of the curia charged with protecting faith and morals that is now called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Holy Office — Rom. Cath. Ch. a congregation founded in 1542 to succeed the suppressed Inquisition and entrusted with matters pertaining to faith and morals, as the judgment of heresy, the application of canonical punishment, and the examination of books and… …   Universalium

  • HOLY OFFICE —    name given to the INQUISITION (q.v.) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Holy Office — worship, practicing religion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Holy Office — noun the Inquisition …   English new terms dictionary

  • Holy Office —  Священная канцелярия …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Holy Office — Ho′ly Of′fice n. rel a Roman Catholic committee of ecclesiastics entrusted with matters pertaining to faith and morals • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

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