Holy Office

noun

used formerly as the name of the Roman Catholic congregation of the curia charged with protecting faith and morals that is now called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Examples of Holy Office in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catholic controversy and confrontation Galileo was ordered to appear before the Holy Office to face charges related to his advocating for the Copernican theory and his belief in the Earth's movement around the sun, a stance the Catholic Church deemed heretical. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2024 Galileo was ordered to appear before the Holy Office to face charges related to his advocating for the Copernican theory and his belief in the Earth's movement around the sun, a stance the Catholic Church deemed heretical. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Holy Office was in 1658

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“Holy Office.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holy%20Office. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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