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  • Pull at a tonsure, vile dresser, deliver us not at all up!
  • Tonsure vile demon-gate lot to let a gnome deliver us not!
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Video footage: MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JAN 15, 2015: Patriarch begins the rite of the holy tonsure on stage of Moscow theatre Et Cetera in play Boris Godunov directed by Peter Stein.
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Definition of the noun tonsure

What does tonsure mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tonsures

  1. the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic words: crown / pate / poll = the top of the head
  2. shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: shave / shaving = the act of removing hair with a razor

Alternative definition of the noun tonsure

noun

  1. The bald patch resulting from being tonsured.

Definition of the verb tonsure

What does tonsure mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: tonsured | tonsuring | tonsures

  1. shave the head of a newly inducted monk
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic word: shave = remove body hair with a razor

Alternative definition of the verb tonsure

verb

  1. [Christianity] The often ritual shaving of the crown of the head as a sign of humility and one's religious vocation. Some tonsures were more dramatic than others, leaving only a fringe of hair. Abolished by Vatican II in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Tonsure is the practice of cutting or shaving some or all of the hair on the scalp, as a sign of religious devotion or humility. The term originates from the Latin word tonsūra and referred to a specific practice in medieval Catholicism, abandoned by papal order in 1972. Current usage more generally refers to cutting or shaving for monks, devotees, or mystics of any religion as a symbol of their renunciation of worldly fashion and esteem. Tonsure also refers to the secular practice of shaving all or part of the scalp to show support or sympathy, or to designate mourning.

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Google previewTHE CATECHISM OF PERSEVERANCE (1883)

by MONSIGNOR GAUME

The tonsure is a ceremonv established since the origin of the Church, to separate from the world those who are preparing for Orders, and...

Google previewThe Catechism of Perseverance; Or, An Historical, Dogmatical, Moral, Liturgical, Apologetical, Philosophical, and Social Exposition of Religion (1883)

From the Beginning of the World Down to Our Own Days by Jean Gaume

The tonsure is a ceremony established since the origin of the Church, to separate from the world those who are preparing.r for Orders,

Google previewPublications (1842)

by Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Publication

The tonsure is the common badge of all the clergymen, the hair being clipped in a particular way. The candidate is made to kneel before the bishop, who cuts the hair in five different parts of the head ; that is, before, behind, on each side, and ...

Google previewWorks (1846)

by Jean Calvin

But among these, also, there is a contest; because some insist that the clerical tonsure is the first order of all, and the episcopate the last; while others, excluding the tonsure, class the office of archbishop among the orders. Isiodorus ...

Google previewA Synopsis of the Moral Theology of the Church of Rome (1836)

by Samuel B. Smith (ex-priest.)

The Tonsure is a word, derived from the Latin of iondo, to clip, or to cut. The ceremony is performed by shaving the crown of the head of the candidate for Holy Orders! in a circular form of thesi2e of a dollar. The next gradation to which they rise, ...

Google previewThe Book of Popery (1842)

A Manual for Protestants : Descriptive of the Origin, Progress, Doctrines, Rites and Ceremonies of the Papal Church by Ingram Cobbin

The tonsure is the common badge of all the clergymen, the hair being clipped in a particular way. The candidate is made to kneel before the bishop, who cuts the hair in five different parts of the head; that is, before, behind, on each side, and ...

Google previewSumma Theologica, Volume 5 (Part III, Second Section & Supplement) (2013)

by St Thomas Aquinas

It would seem that the tonsure is an Order. For in the acts of the Church the spiritual corresponds to the corporal. Now the tonsure is a corporal sign employed by the Church ...

Google previewThe Illustrated History and Biography of Brecknockshire (1886)

From the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Illustrated by Several Engravings and Portraits by Edwin Poole

Milner says the tonsure is that of a layman. Mr. Bloxam thus describes it : — " In the north aisle of the nave, within the north wall, at the east side of the aisle, is a fine open-shaped sepulchral arch, with numerous sets of mouldings, rounds, ...

Google previewThe Illustrated History and Biography of Brecknockshire from the Earliest Times to the Present Day (1886)

Containing the General History, Antiquities, Sepulchral Monuments and Inscriptions ... ; Illustrated by Several Engravings and Portraits by Edwin Poole

Milner says the tonsure is that of a layman. Mr. Bloxam thus describes it : — " In the north aisle of the nave, within the north wall, at the east side of the aisle, is a fine open-shaped sepulchral arch, with numerous sets of mouldings, rounds, ...

Google previewInstitutes of the Christian Religion (1845)

by John Calvin

But among these, also, there is a contest; because some insist that the clerical tonsure is the first order of all, and the episcopate the last; while others, excluding the tonsure, class the office of archbishop among the orders. Isiodorus ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia

Tonsure • Custom of shaving part (or all) of the hair of the head, derived from monastic observance originating in the fourth and fifth centuries and formerly observed by all clerics until the revision of the minor orders after Vatican II. The custom ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2006)

by Elizabeth Knowles

tonsure a part of a monk's or priest's head left bare on top by shaving off the hair. In the Eastern church the whole head is shaven (the ...

Google previewThe Catholic Dictionary (1896)

Or, The Universal Christian Educator and Popular Encyclopaedia of Religious Information, Containing Doctrine, Discipline, Rites, Ceremonies, Councils and Religious Orders of the Church by William Edward Addis, Thomas Arnold

TONSURE churches gave a “title of cure or denomination” to the presbyters who were set over them. Torrsurr. The shaving of the crown in a circle, which is a distinguishing mark of clerics. Among some of the monastic orders and friars the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

TONSURE. TONSURE. TONTINE. TONTINE TOOL.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

The vestals, after having received the tonsure. Addison. (a.) Tonsure, in ecclesiastical history, a particular manner of shaving or clipping the hair of ecclesiastics or monks. The ancient tonsure was only cutting the hair to a moderate degree, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; or, universal dictionary of knowledge, on an original plan: comprising the twofold advantage of a philosophical and an alphabetical arrangement, with appropriate engravings (1845)

Edited by Edw. Smedley, Hugh Jam. Rose, and H. John Rose. (Text: voll. XXVI. Plates: voll. III. Index

tonsure; It. tonsura ; Sp. ton- To'nsurr. J sura ; Lat. tonsura ; from tonsum, past participle of tondere, to shave, to shear. A shearing, shaving, cutting , or clipping. But euery myrthe and melodie To hem was then a maladie.

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