dispensation


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dispensation

1. Chiefly RC Church
a. permission to dispense with an obligation of church law
b. the document authorizing such permission
2. Christianity
a. the ordering of life and events by God
b. a divine decree affecting an individual or group
c. a religious system or code of prescriptions for life and conduct regarded as of divine origin
References in classic literature ?
Truly," quoth the Tinker, "without thy looks belie thee, holy friar, the good Saint Dunstan was wise, for without such dispensation his votary is like to ha' many a penance to make.
he continued; for though her hair was now under a new dispensation, and was brushed smoothly behind her ears, she seemed still in imagination to be tossing it out of her eyes.
It was clear enough, as I have told you, years before YOU ever saw her - and why, in the mysterious dispensations of Providence, you ever did see her, is more than humanity can comprehend - it was clear enough that the poor soft little thing would marry somebody, at some time or other; but I did hope it wouldn't have been as bad as it has turned out.
There was nothing here, when he rose in the deep morning quiet and looked out on the dewy brambles and rank tufted grass, that seemed to have any relation with that life centring in Lantern Yard, which had once been to him the altar-place of high dispensations.
The coadjutor has given me dispensations from fasting on the jours maigres, on account of my health; then I have engaged as my cook the cook who lived with Lafollone -- you know the man I mean?
The royal bounty appears to have been but scanty in its dispensations.
Oh, Mamma, how is it you don't understand that the Holy Father, who has the right to grant dispensations.
There must be some good reasons for these dispensations of fate, but I have never sought to discover them.
Like a general postman's coat --queer coats those--made by contract--no measuring-- mysterious dispensations of Providence--all the short men get long coats--all the long men short ones.
Contract notice: Acquisition and commissioning of a system automates preparation and nominative dispensation of drugs
But after fans' protests, AFC Rushden & Diamonds have now been granted special dispensation by the Football Association to continue without the number one shirt in tribute to Dale.
FORMER apprentice jockey Matthew Hopkins will apply to the BHA for special dispensation to continue working in racing after yesterday being disqualified for three years with immediate effect for breaching the rules governing the backing and laying of horses.