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presbyterymore about presbytery


  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Presbytery  \Pres"by*ter*y\,  n.;  pl  {Presbyteries}.  [L. 
  presbyterium,  Gr  ?.  See  {Presbyter},  and  cf 
  1.  A  body  of  elders  in  the  early  Christian  church. 
  2.  (Presbyterian  Ch.)  A  judicatory  consisting  of  all  the 
  ministers  within  a  certain  district,  and  one  layman,  who 
  is  a  ruling  elder,  from  each  parish  or  church, 
  commissioned  to  represent  the  church  in  conjunction  with 
  the  pastor.  This  body  has  a  general  jurisdiction  over  the 
  churches  under  its  care  and  next  below  the  provincial 
  synod  in  authority. 
  3.  The  Presbyterian  religion  of  polity.  [R.]  --Tatler. 
  a  (Arch.)  That  part  of  the  church  reserved  for  the 
  officiating  priest. 
  b  The  residence  of  a  priest  or  clergyman.  --Gwilt. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  reserved  for  the  officiating  clergy 

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