noun cler·i·ca·ture \ˈklerə̇kəˌchu̇(ə)r\

Definition of clericature



  1. :  clerical position or function

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Origin and Etymology of clericature

French cléricature, from Medieval Latin clericatura, from clericatus (past participle of clericare to make a cleric, from Late Latin clericus) + Latin -ura -ure

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a brief usually trivial fact

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