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Tonsure

noun
1.
The shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head.
2.
Shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order.






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"Tonsure" Quotes from Famous Books



... to draw up a new Ordinal as a complement to the Book of Common Prayer. The committee was appointed on the 2nd February 1550, and it appears to have finished its work within a week. In the new /Ordinal/[61] (1550) the ceremonies for the conferring of tonsure, minor orders, and sub- deaconship were omitted entirely, while the ordination rites for deacons, priests, and bishops were considerably modified. Just as the sacrificial character of the Mass had been dropped ...
— History of the Catholic Church from the Renaissance • Rev. James MacCaffrey

... be equal now before me, who am here below your goddess," replied Imperia, "otherwise one of these days I will have you delicately strangled between the head and shoulders; I swear it by the power of my tonsure which is as good as the pope's." And wishing that the trout should be added to the feast as well as the sweets and other dainties, she added, cunningly, "Sit you down and drink with us." But the artful minx, being up ...
— Droll Stories, Volume 1 • Honore de Balzac

... why the legend grew up above the name, why the name attached itself, in many instances, to the bravest work of other men. The Concert in the Pitti Palace, in which a monk, with cowl and tonsure, touches the keys of a harpsichord, while a clerk, placed behind him, grasps the handle of the viol, and a third, with cap and plume, seems to wait upon the true interval for beginning to sing, is undoubtedly Giorgione's. ...
— The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry • Walter Horatio Pater



Words linked to "Tonsure" :   shave, crown, pate, poll, shaving



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