• WordNet 3.6
    • n prelate a senior clergyman and dignitary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prelate A clergyman of a superior order, as an archbishop or a bishop, having authority over the lower clergy; a dignitary of the church.☞ This word and the words derived from it are often used invidiously, in English ecclesiastical history, by dissenters, respecting the Established Church system. "Hear him but reason in divinity, . . . You would desire the king were made a prelate ."
    • v. i Prelate To act as a prelate. "Right prelating is busy laboring, and not lording."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prelate An ecclesiastic of a higher order, having direct and not delegated authority over other ecclesiastics. Prelates include patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, and in the Roman Catholic Church also the heads of religious houses and certain other dignitaries.
    • prelate To act as a prelate; perform the duties of a prelate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prelate prel′āt the holder of one of those higher dignities in the church to which, of their own right, is attached a proper jurisdiction, not derived by delegation from any superior official: a church dignitary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prélat, LL. praelatus, fr. L. praelatus, used as p. p. of praeferre, to prefer, but from a different root. See Elate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prélat—L. prelatuspræ, before, latus, borne.


In literature:

There are also prelates who bear the Cambojan title of Burien equivalent to Mahacarya.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
In Paris, in April and May, the same prelate, assisted by the Bishop of Paris, heard the evidence of twenty witnesses.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
Prelates were practically chosen by the King.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
But it was not till an open breach took place between the baronage and the prelates that their full weight was felt.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
From the moment of his arrival the prelate produced the best impression.
"The Makers of Canada: Bishop Laval" by A. Leblond de Brumath
Therefore they wrote imputing to their prelates what it was very fitting should be punished.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
What was the Most Excellent Prelate's reply?
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
The overwhelming majority of priests and prelates made no effort whatever to restrain the prevailing violence.
"The War and the Churches" by Joseph McCabe
As soon as Vanel had gone, the minister and the prelate, their eyes fixed on each other, remained silent for a few moments.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
And first, To the mountains lying in the way of this reformation: I rank them in two sorts, viz., prelates, and upholders of prelates.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various

In poetry:

He wedded in a year
That prelate's daughter JANE,
He's grown quite fair - has auburn hair -
His wife is far from plain.
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It is not strange to church or state,
For oft beneath the gown
Of prelate grave, and judge sedate,
It sits with hideous frown.
"Hate" by Thomas Frederick Young
As for the Bishop of Bath and Wells
No more of him the story tells;
Doubtless he lived as a Prelate and Prince,
And died and was buried a century since.
"Fidele's Grassy Tomb" by Sir Henry Newbolt
More earnestly the prelate spake: Oh, heed no earthly loss!
He who will friends and home forsake,
Now let him kneel, and fearless take
The sign of the Holy Cross.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
Blest Man! whose spotless Life and Charming Lays
Employ'd the Tuneful Prelate in thy Praise:
Blest Man! who now shall be for ever known
In Sprat's successful Labours and thy own.
"An Account Of The Greatest English Poets " by Joseph Addison
They ceased; when lifting high his hand, The white-robed prelate cried:
Arise, arise, at Christ's command,
To fight for his name in the Holy Land,
Where a Saviour lived and died!
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles

In news:

The buzz around Ratzinger began long before the conclave , said Cardinal Rosalio Jose Castillo Lara, a nonvoting prelate from Venezuela.
But these days the Indian prelates have reason to reconsider their generosity.
San Francisco prelate airs drunken driving.
Nuns hopeful on US prelate 's role in Vatican probe.
Louis Prelate Aims to Bring Flock in Line.
New Orleans prelate shares 'challenges of exile' with fellow evacuees.
Prelate as chief doctrinal watchdog.
Prelate 's Future Is a Topic.
Disaffected laity and clergy call for liberalizing, but country's prelates hold firm on Church teachings.
In the three months since Bishop Robert W Finn became the first American prelate convicted for failing to report a pedophile priest, lay people and victims' advocates have repeatedly called for his resignation.
PARIS (Reuters)- France's top Catholic prelate criticized the Socialist government on Thursday for forging ahead with plans to legalize same-sex marriage when the country faced more urgent economic concerns.
V Gene Robinson was consecrated the next bishop of New Hampshire and the first openly gay prelate in the Episcopal Church U.S.A.
Pope Benedict on Sunday told six prelates newly elevated to the rank of cardinal that all Catholic leaders should shun the "worldly logic of power" and stick to spreading the gospel.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Oct 18) appointed a high-ranking Vatican prelate as archbishop of Indianapolis after he played a key role in trying to bridge the gap between Rome and US nuns .
Rufus Kyles recently celebrated the 23rd pastoral annversary at Evangelist Temple Church of God in Christ, 11603 Martin Luther King Blvd Bishop Kyles is prelate of Texas Southeast No.

In science:

This fact, in particular, proves that approximation counting problems, in the case of prelation, cannot give rise to an “approximation hierarchy” of relations (as, for instance, in the case of combinatorial optimization problems, as discussed in Section 6.1.2).
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures
As we have stated at the beginning of Chapter 3, for the sake of brevity and clarity in the definitions and proofs, we have restricted our attention to combinatorial structures instead of prelations.
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures
Now we consider the closure with respect to the complement of some of the classes of prelations.
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures
With regard to this approach, it remains as an open problem to investigate other classes of prelations admitting efficient ranking.
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures