cathedra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cathedra a throne that is the official chair of a bishop
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cathedra The official chair or throne of a bishop, or of any person in high authority. "The Vatican Council declares that the Pope, is infallible “when he speaks ex cathedra .”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cathedra The throne or seat of a bishop in the cathedral or episcopal church of his diocese. Formerly the bishop's throne or cathedra was generally situated at the east end of the apse, behind the altar, and was often approached by a flight of steps; but it is now almost universally placed on one side of the choir, usually the south side. That of St. Peter's at Rome is especially honored as reputed to have been the chair of St. Peter, and it is now inclosed in a bronze covering.
    • n cathedra Hence The official chair of any one entitled or professing to teach with authority, as a professor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cathedra a bishop's seat, the episcopal dignity—ex cathedra, from the chair, officially given forth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. seat. See Chair
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cathedra—Gr. kathedra, a seat.

Usage

In literature:

It is believed that this was the "Cathedra" of St. Wilfrid himself.
"Northumberland Yesterday and To-day" by Jean F. Terry
De Identitate Cathedrae S. Petri p. XX.
"The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome" by Charles Michael Baggs
I am tired of your ex-cathedra statements and your self-sufficiency.
"Possessed" by Cleveland Moffett
Orthodoxy ruled the cathedra.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
We may also note here that when a bishop's official seat or throne (cathedra) was placed in a church, it thereby became a cathedral church.
"Education in England in the Middle Ages" by Albert William Parry
He rested in a cathedra, and contemplated his neighbor as distantly as he had the night before.
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
The latter was, however, only an ex-poet, not ex-officio, nor ex-cathedra, but ex-post facto.
"Under the Stars and Bars" by Walter A. Clark
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In news:

MOORESVILLE Kevin Hutchins had concluded his on-field, postgame meeting with his players in the wake of Friday's 61-14 Class 4A sectional football loss to top-ranked Cathedra.
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