• WordNet 3.6
    • n Curia (Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Curia (Law) Any court of justice.
    • Curia (Rom. Antiq) One of the thirty parts into which the Roman people were divided by Romulus.
    • Curia (Middle Ages) The court of a sovereign or of a feudal lord; also; his residence or his household.
    • Curia (Rom. Antiq) The place of assembly of one of these divisions.
    • Curia (Rom. Antiq) The place where the meetings of the senate were held; the senate house.
    • Curia The Roman See in its temporal aspects, including all the machinery of administration; -- called also curia Romana.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curia In Roman antiquity: One of the divisions of the citizens of Rome, with reference to locality. The number of the curiæ is given as thirty, but the original number was smaller.
    • n curia The building in which a curia met for worship or public deliberation. The building in which the senate held its deliberations. A title given to the senate of any one of the Italian cities, as distinguished from the Roman senate.
    • n curia In medieval legal use, a court, either judicial, administrative, or legislative; a court of justice. In the Norman period of English history the Curia Regis was an assembly which the king was bound to consult on important state matters, and whose consent was necessary for the enactment of laws, the imposition of extraordinary taxes, etc. It consisted nominally of the tenants in chief, but practically it was much more limited. Originally the Curia Regis and the Exchequer were composed of the same persons. From the Curia Regis there developed later the Ordinary Council or Privy Council, and the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas. Also Aula Regia or Regis.
    • n curia Specifically, in modern use, the court of the papal see.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Curia kū′ri-a one of the ten divisions of a Roman tribe: a building in which the senate met, a provincial senate: a court, legislative or judicial: the court of the papal see
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In literature:

"The New Testament" by Various
Clergy and laity were thus allied against the encroachments of the Roman Curia.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
For myself, certainly I have found myself in a different atmosphere, when I have left the Curia for the Pope himself.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The theory of the papal supremacy held by the Curia was thus at least called in question.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
But he literally allowed them to put the dagger to his throat in the Curia, and said, No.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
He was made protector of England in the Roman curia; and in 1524 Henry VIII.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
The connecting link, the phratry, contained ten gentes and was called curia.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
Visa, De Curia J. Manassei.
"The New Conspiracy Against the Jesuits Detected and Briefly Exposed" by R. C. Dallas
Gymnasius added to his fame and obtained universal esteem in the Curia.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
Auditor is also the designation of certain officials of the Roman curia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
But it's a different thing with a nobleman's curia.
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
The Curia, besides advising the king on ordinary matters of state, had two special functions.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 5" by Various
They say that the Roman Curia is the Church, our mother and nurse, when that Curia is the root and origin of all evils.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
The curia was thus emptied both from above and from below.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7" by Various
FINES sive Pedes Finium, sive Finales Concordiae in curia Domini Regis.
"Pope: His Descent and Family Connections" by Joseph Hunter
He studied law in Rome and Naples, entered the Curia under Urban VIII.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
He could not be an acceptable Primate to the Roman Curia.
"A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)" by Thomas M. Lindsay
The Senate continued after the organization by curiae had become obsolete.
"The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States" by James Hamilton Lewis
For a few weeks the relations between the Curia and the Italian authorities were marked by a conciliatory spirit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1" by Various
Curia, Franc., a Neapolitan, b. about 1538, d. about 1610.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Volume VI (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi

In news:

The Cantor Fitzgerald Web site has listed memorial services for about 200 people recently, but one name leaps out: "Larry (the Clam) Curia ".
Sandro Magister has just posted a column on his website that is highly critical of the Curia's handling of the lifting of the excommunications of the SSPX bishops.
On May 27, 2005 AGA joined an amici curiae brief, or a friend of the court brief, with nine other trade associations in New Mexico v General Electric in support of the defendants to oppose natural resource damages for site cleanups.
At left is Cardinal Alberto di Jorio, a member of the Vatican Curia.
Monterroso's team believes it can definitively point to the Curia of Pompey as Caesar 's last stand by comparing the dig site with historical texts.
On order of the Court, the motion for leave to file brief amicus curiae is GRANTED.
Actively involved in international associations promoting the lay apostolate, she was the first woman to hold a significant position in the Roman Curia.
Had filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs.
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NACDL also provides assistance to our members through the Lawyers' Assistance Strike Force, Ethics Advisory Committee & Hotline, and members and non-members alike may petition the Amicus Curiae Committee for help with your case.
Pope Benedict XVI held a meeting this morning with heads of the various dicasteries of the Roman Curia and will be meeting six other cardinals later this evening.