incardinate

transitive verb in·car·di·nate \ə̇nˈkärdənˌāt\

Definition of incardinate

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. 1 :  to adopt canonically or to receive formally (a cleric from another diocese)

  2. 2 :  to elevate to the cardinalate

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Origin and Etymology of incardinate

Late Latin incardinatus, past participle of incardinare to ordain as chief priest, from Latin in- 2in- + Late Latin cardinalis, adjective, principal — more at cardinal


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