Definition of Saint thomas a becket
1. Noun. (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170).
Category relationships: Church Of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church
Generic synonyms: Archbishop, Martyr, Saint
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Literary usage of Saint thomas a becket
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1. The Poetical Works of John Skelton: With Notes, and Some Account of the by John Skelton (1843)
"... Thomas of Kente] ie by saint Thomas a Becket: " Thought I, By saint Thomas of Kent," &c. ..."
2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"... at the same time there were several famous shrines in England itself, chief among them the shrine of Saint Thomas a Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, ..."
3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"He is one of the three most eminent saints of the Church in England, the other two being Saint Edmund of Edmundsbury, and Saint Thomas a Becket, ..."
4. The History of the World: Comprising a General History, Both Ancient and by Samuel Maunder (1852)
"... did not fail to attribute that victory to the pious means by which Henry had appeased Saint Thomas a Becket, who had thus signalized hie forgiveness. ..."
5. A View of Congregationalism: Its Principles & Doctrines; the Testimony of by George Punchard (1856)
"... and treason, of the world-renowned " Saint Thomas a Becket," archbishop of Canterbury, who had been in his grave between three and four hundred years. ..."