• WordNet 3.6
    • n prelacy the office or station of a prelate
    • n prelacy prelates collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prelacy The office or dignity of a prelate; church government by prelates. "Prelacies may be termed the greater benefices."
    • Prelacy The order of prelates, taken collectively; the body of ecclesiastical dignitaries. "Divers of the reverend prelacy , and other most judicious men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prelacy The dignity or office of a prelate.
    • n prelacy The system of church government by prelates, as distinguished from one in which all the clergy are on an equality.
    • n prelacy The order or rank of prelates; the body of prelates taken collectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Prelacy the office of a prelate: the order of bishops or the bishops collectively: church government by prelates: episcopacy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. praelatia,. See Prelate; cf. Prelaty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prélat—L. prelatuspræ, before, latus, borne.


In literature:

They hated Presbyterianism much, and Prelacy more.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Popery and prelacy alone, whose genius seemed to tend towards superstition, were treated by the Independents with rigor.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
In ancient Anahuac the prelacy was as systematic and its rules as well defined, as in the Church of Rome.
"The Myths of the New World" by Daniel G. Brinton
During his prelacy he influenced greatly the secular history of his time.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester" by Philip Walsingham Sergeant
To have forced prelacy upon Scotland would have been to destroy the life out of Scotland.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
It may be well to remark here that the Prelacy which was so detested by the people of Scotland was not English Episcopacy, but Scotch Prelacy.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
Prelacy and Popery are both corrupt systems, though not equally.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
He was a faithful contender against the lordly encroachments of prelacy.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
This happened during the prelacy of Geoffrey de Servin.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
This work, which was published in 1641, gave, says Dr. M'Crie, the first serious blow to Prelacy.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
To this prelacy and intolerance would have been joined inevitably.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
The Quaker, therefore, soon participated in the persecutions which prelacy thought due to liberal christianity.
"Calvert and Penn" by Brantz Mayer
But even from this, one of its last places of refuge, was prelacy now about to be driven.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
His prelacy was revealed by the purple at his throat.
"London Days" by Arthur Warren
The Gothic nobility still remained a distinct class, and held, along with the Catholic prelacy, the right of choosing the king.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
The last is an argument against prelacy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 8" by Various
Twice did I see old prelacy pulled down, And twice the cloak did sink beneath the gown.
"Curious Epitaphs" by Various
The history of Christendom contains no story so humiliating as the story of Prelacy in Scotland during the seventeenth century.
"The Early History of the Scottish Union Question" by George W. T. Omond
Then they cam on about prelacy and heresies, and something they ca'd the act of abjuration.
"The Brownie of Bodsbeck, and Other Tales (Vol. 1 of 2)" by James Hogg
AEngus was a student at Clonenagh during the prelacy of the Abbot Melaithgen or Melaithgenius.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy

In poetry:

The Pope and Prelacy, where they came, where they came,
The Pope and Prelacy, where they came;
The Pope and Prelacy,
They rul'd with Cruelty,
They ought to hing on high for the same.
"You Jacobites" by Anonymous British