Definition of Benefit of clergy

1. Noun. Sanction by a religious rite. "They are living together without benefit of clergy"

Generic synonyms: Sanction



Lexicographical Neighbors of Benefit Of Clergy

beneficialness
beneficiaries
beneficiary
beneficiate
beneficiated
beneficiates
beneficiating
beneficiation
beneficiations
beneficient
beneficing
beneficium ordinis seu excussionis
benefit
benefit album
benefit concert
benefit of clergy (current term)
benefit of the doubt
benefit tourism
benefited
benefiter
benefiters
benefiting
benefitless
benefits
benefits in kind
benefitted
benefitting
benegro
benempt
benempted

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"The motion was withdrawn.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. ..."

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