benefit of clergy definition

  • noun:
    • The authorized sanction of a religious rite: cohabiting without good thing about clergy.
    • Exemption from test or punishment in a civil court, directed at the clergy in the Middle years.
    • View under Clergy.
    • the exemption associated with the persons of clergymen from criminal process before a secular judge -- a privilege which was extended to any or all whom could review, these types of persons becoming, in eye of this legislation, clerici, or clerks. This privilege was abridged and altered by various statutes, and lastly abolished inside reign of George IV. (1827).
    • sanction by a religious rite

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