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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
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What thou sayst is passing true, but I like not the privileges acquired by the dispensation of the Grand Master, and the merit acquired by the slaughter of three hundred Saracens.
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.
With some endowment of stupidity and conceit, she might have thought that a Christian young lady of fortune should find her ideal of life in village charities, patronage of the humbler clergy, the perusal of "Female Scripture Characters," unfolding the private experience of Sara under the Old Dispensation, and Dorcas under the New, and the care of her soul over her embroidery in her own boudoir--with a background of prospective marriage to a man who, if less strict than herself, as being involved in affairs religiously inexplicable, might be prayed for and seasonably exhorted.
He imagined himself to be a diplomatist set apart by a special dispensation to watch the end of diplomacy, and pretty nearly the end of the world, in a horrid democratic upheaval.
Joe expressed his gratitude to Providence for this favourable dispensation, and tried to look as if he didn't wonder where Dolly was.
After allowing herself to be betrayed into these evidences of emotion, she would force a lambent brightness, and would be fitfully cheerful, and would say, 'You have still good spirits, sir, I am thankful to find;' and would appear to hail it as a blessed dispensation that Mr.
But, forasmuch as all favourite legends must be associated with the affections, and as many more people fall in love than commit murder--which it may be hoped, howsoever bad we are, will continue until the end of the world to be the dispensation under which we shall live--the Bleeding Heart, Bleeding Heart, bleeding away story, carried the day by a great majority.
Twere unjust to visit upon Mr and Mrs Boffin, a calamity which was doubtless a dispensation.
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.
Accusing the Union Government of depriving the Northeastern States over the years, Tripura Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha demanded financial dispensations for NE States from the Centre.
Since 1980, hundreds of convert married men have received celibacy dispensations and have been ordained as Catholic priests.
During the 18th century, the German Reichskirche adapted a number of Gallican and Febronian reforms that often undermined the Holy See's authority over fasting and marital dispensations.