Holy Office

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. 2001.

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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 — 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 …   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 — 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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