To take the veil

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To take the veil (Eccl) to receive or be covered with, a veil, as a nun, in token of retirement from the world; to become a nun.
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Usage

In literature:

Arab girls before they enter the harem and take the veil are a curious sight to behold.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
She had been shut up in a convent, and forced to take the veil.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Veiling our faces, we must take silently the hand of Duty to follow her.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
The youth does as he is commanded, and takes his wife home, giving the veil to his mother to keep for him.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Dorothy began seriously to consider whether she should take the veil.
"For the Master's Sake" by Emily Sarah Holt
Meanwhile he hears that Leonore, to whom he was reported as dead, is about to take the veil, and he rushes away to save her.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Are you both required to take the veil, please?
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Her mother tried to make her take the veil, and hasn't succeeded.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
It did not take many months to lift the veil that had fallen before the eyes of Edith.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 5 November 1848" by Various
It was one of the reasons that decided her to take the veil.
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

To take a glimpse within the veil,
To know that God is mine;
Are springs of joy that never fail,
Unspeakably divine!
"The Joy Of The Lord Is Your Strength" by John Newton
Oh, hush, my soul, take comfort now
And sleepy-singing lie
Till Love return to hide the sun
And veil the earth and sky!
"Interim" by Margaret Widdemer
Aurora veils her rosy face
When brighter Phoebus takes her place;
So glad will grace resign her room
To glory in the heav'nly home.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Enough! God knows the time to lift His hand
And take
The veil from off the Memnon, and command
The music to turn purer for His sake.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
'Tis this, alas! that cuts me to the heart,
When I thy numberless misdeeds survey —
That I must not presume to take thy part,
Or veil thy crimes, on God's tremendous day :
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard

In news:

When Kimberly Richards decided to take the veil as Sister in the show "Late Nite Catechism ," she did something extra to convince the higher powers of her worthiness.
It takes the rage of the disillusioned to so zealously rip the veil as he does in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In the House of God.
It takes the rage of the disillusioned to so zealously rip the veil as he does in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.
When Kimberly Richards decided to take the veil as Sister in the show "Late Nite Catechism," she did something extra to convince the higher powers of her worthiness.
PARIS, France — With a law banning face-covering veils in public places set to take effect April 11, the French government has scheduled a national debate on religion and secularism.
Still, as experts universally agree, the Iranian regime has little choice but to take action against "poorly veiled " women sooner or later, or risk losing face with its hardcore support base.
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