defender of the bond

variants: or defender of the marriage tie

Definition of defender of the bond

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

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History and Etymology for defender of the bond

translation of New Latin defensor vinculi matrimonii

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“Defender of the bond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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