Definition of Benefit of clergy
1. Noun. Sanction by a religious rite. "They are living together without benefit of clergy"
Lexicographical Neighbors of Benefit Of Clergy
Literary usage of Benefit of clergy
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A History of English Law by William Searle Holdsworth, John Burke (1903)
"This abandonment gave rise to the Privilege or Benefit of Clergy. Originally the Benefit of Clergy meant that an ordained clerk charged with felony could be ..."
2. Essays on the Punishment of Death by Charles Spear (1844)
"REMARKS ON THE PHRASE 'WITHOUT benefit of clergy. ... It is not to be wondered at that ' benefit of 'clergy' should still be retained in some of the ..."
3. The Comic Blackstone by Gilbert Abbott À Beckett, George Cruikshank (1869)
"OF THE benefit of clergy. THE benefit of clergy is now abolished in every case ... Laymen who took the benefit of clergy, were marked with a hot iron on the ..."
4. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by Sir William Blackstone, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Joh Taylor Coloridge (1825)
"OF THE benefit of clergy. FTER trial and conviction, the judgment of the court regularly follows unless suspended or arrested by some intervening ..."
5. Select Documents of English Constitutional History by George Burton Adams, Henry Morse Stephens (1906)
"Benefit of Clergy denied to Murderers (1512. 4 Henry VIII. c. 2. 3 5. .ff. 49.) "\ 1 THEREAS robberies, murders and felonies daily increase more VV and more ..."
6. The Parliamentary Debatesby Great Britain Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard by Great Britain Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard (1824)
"The motion was withdrawn. Sir J. Mackintosh rose to propose an amendment. He observed, that he had LARCENIES (benefit of clergy) BILL. ..."