Hen·​ri·​cian | \ henˈrishən \
plural -s

Definition of Henrician

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a 12th century religious sect in Switzerland and southern France holding that the sacraments are valid only when administered by a priest who lives up to his monastic vows
2 : an advocate of secular supremacy over the church and of the ecclesiastical reforms instituted during the reign of Henry VIII of England



Definition of Henrician (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or associated with Henry of Lausanne
2 : of or relating to Henry VIII of England or the ecclesiastical measures taken during his reign

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History and Etymology for Henrician


in sense 1, from Medieval Latin Henricianus, from Henricus (Henry of Lausanne), 12th century French heresiarch + Latin -ianus -ian; in sense 2, from New Latin Henricianus, from Henricus (Henry VIII) †1547 king of England + Latin -ianus -ian

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“Henrician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Henrician. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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