presbytery

Part of speech: noun

A body of elders in a church or district.

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Usage examples "presbytery":

  1. The English brethren complain that ministers are appointed " without any lawful consent of the Presbytery," the English Church not being Presbyterian, and not intending to be. - "John Knox and the Reformation", Andrew Lang.
  2. The old clergy talk as being sure of their lands again, and laugh at the Presbytery; and it is believed that the sales of the King's and Bishops' lands will never be confirmed by Parliament, there being nothing now in any man's, power to hinder them and the King from doing what they have a mind, but every body willing to submit to any thing. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  3. But these things the presbytery leave to such whom it may more, properly concern. - "Act, Declaration, & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive", The Reformed Presbytery.