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Lords Spiritual   /lɔrdz spˈɪrɪtʃəwəl/   Listen
Lords Spiritual

The clergy in France and the heads of the church in Britain.  Synonym: first estate.

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"Lords Spiritual" Quotes from Famous Books

... strength and dispatch, that are to be found in the most absolute monarchy; and, as the legislature of the kingdom is entrusted to three distinct powers, entirely independent of each other; first, the king; secondly, the lords spiritual and temporal, which is an aristocratical assembly of persons selected for their piety, their birth, their wisdom, their valour, or their property; and, thirdly, the house of commons, freely chosen by the people from among themselves, which makes ...
— Commentaries on the Laws of England - Book the First • William Blackstone

... the persons, or the generation of persons, in whom they did exist, are dead, and with them the right is dead also. To prove this, he quotes a declaration made by Parliament about a hundred years ago, to William and Mary, in these words: "The Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, do, in the name of the people aforesaid" (meaning the people of England then living) "most humbly and faithfully submit themselves, their heirs and posterities, for Ever." He quotes a clause of ...
— The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete - With Index to Volumes I - IV • Thomas Paine

... mare's nest of the first payment of Henry's debts; if, at least, any faith is to be put in the preamble of the Act for the release of the King's Debts, 21 Hen. VIII. c. 24. 'The King's loving subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, calling to remembrance the inestimable costs, charges, and expenses which the King's Highness hath necessarily been compelled to support and sustain since his assumption ...
— Froude's History of England • Charles Kingsley

Words linked to "Lords Spiritual" :   first estate, French Republic, the three estates, Great Britain, estate, France, estate of the realm, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, U.K., United Kingdom, UK, Britain

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