benefit of clergy

noun phrase

1
: clerical exemption from trial in a civil court
2
: the ministration or sanction of the church

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of benefit of clergy was in the 15th century

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“Benefit of clergy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benefit%20of%20clergy. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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