benefit of clergy

noun phrase

Definition of benefit of clergy

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

First Known Use of benefit of clergy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Benefit of clergy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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