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Faculty

Fac´ul`ty
n.1.Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul.
But know that in the soul
Are many lesser faculties that serve
Reason as chief.
- Milton.
What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason ! how infinite in faculty !
- Shak.
2.Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
He had a ready faculty, indeed, of escaping from any topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous temperament.
- Hawthorne.
3.Power; prerogative or attribute of office.
This Duncan
Hath borne his faculties so meek.
- Shak.
4.Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation.
The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free from his promise.
- Fuller.
It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops' dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they should think fit to alter among the colleges.
- Evelyn.
5.A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal faculty, etc.
6.(Amer. Colleges) The body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college.
Dean of faculty
See under Dean.
Faculty of advocates
(Scot.) See under Advocate.
Noun1.faculty - one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
2.faculty - the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
Synonyms: staff
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