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Clergy

Cler´gy
n.1.
1.The body of men set apart, by due ordination, to the service of God, in the Christian church, in distinction from the laity; in England, usually restricted to the ministers of the Established Church.
2.Learning; also, a learned profession.
Sophictry . . . rhetoric, and other cleargy.
- Guy of Warwick.
Put their second sons to learn some clergy.
- State Papers (1515).
3.The privilege or benefit of clergy.
Benefit of clergy
(Eng., Law) the exemption of the persons of clergymen from criminal process before a secular judge - a privilege which was extended to all who could read, such persons being, in the eye of the law, clerici, or clerks. This privilege was abridged and modified by various statutes, and finally abolished in the reign of George IV. (1827).
Regular clergy
See Regular, n., and Secular, a.
Noun1.clergy - clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
Antonyms:
laity, temporalty - everyone except the clergy

CLERGY. All who are attached to the ecclesiastical ministry are called the clergy; a clergyman is therefore an ecclesiastical minister.
     2. Clergymen were exempted by the emperor Constantine from all civil burdens. Baronius ad ann. 319, Sec. 30. Lord Coke says, 2 Inst. 3, ecclesiastical persons have more and greater liberties than other of the king's subjects, wherein to set down all, would take up a whole volume of itself.
     3. In the United States the clergy is not established by law, but each congregation or church may choose its own clergyman.

cardinalate, clergyman, first estate, laity, lords spiritual, man of the cloth, pastorate, prelacy, prelature, priesthood, reverend, temporalty
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