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Prelate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    prelate n : a senior clergyman and dignitary [syn: archpriest, hierarch, high priest, primate]
Prelate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prelate \Prel"ate\ (?; 48), n. [F. pr['e]lat, LL. praelatus, fr. L. praelatus, used as p. p. of praeferre to prefer, but from a different root. See Elate.] A clergyman of a superior order, as an archbishop or a bishop, having authority over the lower clergy; a dignitary of the church. Note: This word and the words derived from it are often used invidiously, in English ecclesiastical history, by dissenters, respecting the Established Church system. Hear him but reason in divinity, . . . You would desire the king were made a prelate. --Shak.
Prelate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prelate \Prel"ate\, v. i. To act as a prelate. [Obs.] Right prelating is busy laboring, and not lording. --Latimer.
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A prelate is a high-ranking member of the clergy who is an ordinary or who ranks in precedence with ordinaries. The word derives from the Latin prælatus, the past participle of præferre, which means "carry before," "be set above or over" or "prefer"; hence, a prelate is one set over others.

A prelature is the office of a prelate or the entire juridical entity which the prelate governs. Prelacy is the body of prelates as a whole or a system of government, administration or ministry by prelates.

The archetypal prelate is a bishop, whose prelature is his particular church. All other prelates, including the regular prelates such as abbots and major superiors, are based upon this original model of prelacy.

Sometimes the clergy of a state church with a formal hierarchy are called prelates without having ordinary jurisdiction, which etymologically suggests that the prelate enjoys legal privileges and power as a result of clerical status.

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  • Military prelate asks for prayers for Pinoy peacekeepers in Golan Heights
    Philippine military Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak on Friday sought prayers for some 75 Filipino United Nations peacekeepers locked in a standoff with armed Syrian rebels in Golan Heights. Read more on this news related to 'Prelate'
  • Manila’s Finest up close with Manila’s top prelate
    It was a first for "Manila's Finest" to get this close with Manila's foremost prelate.   Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visited the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters Saturday morning, officiating a Mass for the detainees and blessing patrol vehicles recently donated to the force.   "These visits to different jails, which I started doi Read more on this news related to 'Prelate'
  • Bishop challenges faithful to help politicians resist corruption
    A Catholic prelate has asked the faithful to help reach out to politicians and steer them away from corruption. “If you personally know public officials, reach out to them. If they are involved in corruption, help them be converted,” Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra said in a CBCP News post. The prayer vigil aimed to raise awareness of the need for authentic Read more on this news related to 'Prelate'

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