investiture

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noun in·ves·ti·ture \in-ˈve-stə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of investiture

  1. 1 :  the act of establishing in office or ratifying

  2. 2 :  something that covers or adorns

Examples of investiture in a Sentence

  1. the investiture of the Prince of Wales

  2. the investiture of a new member of parliament

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In its original meaning, an investiture was the clothing of a new officeholder in garments that symbolized power. The Middle Ages saw much debate over the investiture of bishops by kings and emperors. These rulers felt that high religious offices were theirs to give as rewards for someone's loyal service or as bribes for someone's future support; the popes, on the other hand, regarded these investitures as the improper buying and selling of church offices. The investiture struggle caused tension between popes and monarchs and even led to wars.

Origin and Etymology of investiture

Middle English, from Medieval Latin investitura, from investitus, past participle of investire


INVESTITURE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of investiture for English Language Learners

  • : a formal ceremony at which someone is placed in an office or given an official rank


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investiture

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noun in·ves·ti·ture \in-ˈves-tə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r\

Legal Definition of investiture

  1. 1 :  the act of establishing in office

  2. 2 :  livery of seisin



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