defender of the bond

variants or defender of the marriage tie
Roman Catholicism
: a diocesan official charged with defending the validity of the marriage bond in suits for annulment

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Etymology

translation of New Latin defensor vinculi matrimonii

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“Defender of the bond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defender%20of%20the%20bond. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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