Grand Penitentiary

noun (in the Roman Catholic Church) a cardinal presiding over the penitentiary.

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  • grand penitentiary. — See under penitentiary (def. 3). * * * …   Universalium

  • grand penitentiary. — See under penitentiary (def. 3) …   Useful english dictionary

  • cardinal grand penitentiary — noun See penitentiary (def. 1b) …   Australian English dictionary

  • penitentiary — [pen΄i ten′shə rē] adj. [ML penitentiarius, poenitentiarius (form and meaning infl. by assoc. with L poena: see PENAL) < L paenitentia < paenitens,PENITENT] 1. of or for penance 2. used in punishing, disciplining, and reforming 3. making… …   English World dictionary

  • Penitentiary — Pen i*ten tia*ry, n.; pl. {Penitentiaries}. [Cf. F. p[ e]nitencier. See {Penitent}.] 1. One who prescribes the rules and measures of penance. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. One who does penance. [Obs.] Hammond. [1913 Webster] 3. A small building …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penitentiary — /pen i ten sheuh ree/, n., pl. penitentiaries, adj. n. 1. a place for imprisonment, reformatory discipline, or punishment, esp. a prison maintained in the U.S. by a state or the federal government for serious offenders. 2. Rom. Cath. Ch. a… …   Universalium

  • penitentiary — /pɛnəˈtɛnʃəri / (say penuh tenshuhree) noun (plural penitentiaries) 1. Roman Catholic Church a. a cleric appointed by a bishop to administer the sacrament of penance in cases of a kind which would normally be dealt with by the bishop or by the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • penitentiary — n. & adj. n. (pl. ies) 1 US a reformatory prison. 2 an office in the papal court deciding questions of penance, dispensations, etc. adj. 1 of or concerning penance. 2 of or concerning reformatory treatment. 3 US (of an offence) making a culprit… …   Useful english dictionary

  • penitentiary — Synonyms and related words: Grand Penitentiary, Holy Father, POW camp, abuna, antipope, archbishop, archdeacon, archpriest, bail, bastille, bishop, bishop coadjutor, black hole, borstal, borstal institution, bridewell, brig, can, canon, cardinal …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Apostolic Penitentiary — This article is part of a series on the Roman Curia Dicastery Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus Secretariat of State …   Wikipedia

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