a) Granting permission to be ordained.

A bishops dimissory letter.

b) Granting permission to depart.

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  • Dimissory — Dim is*so*ry (?; 277), a. [L. dimissorius: cf. F. dimissoire. See {Dimit}.] Sending away; dismissing to another jurisdiction; granting leave to depart. [1913 Webster] {Letters dimissory} (Eccl.), letters given by a bishop dismissing a person who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dimissory — /dim euh sawr ee, sohr ee/, adj. dismissing or giving permission to depart. [1425 75; late ME: a dimissory letter < LL dimissorius, equiv. to L dimitt(ere) to send away, release (see DEMIT) + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • dimissory — adj. 1 ordering or permitting to depart. 2 Eccl. granting permission for a candidate to be ordained outside the bishop s own see (dimissory letters). Etymology: ME f. LL dimissorius f. dimittere dimiss send away (as DI (2), mittere send) …   Useful english dictionary

  • dimissory — [ dɪmɪs(ə)ri] adjective (in the Christian Church) denoting formal permission from a bishop for a person from one diocese to be ordained in another. Origin ME (as pluralnoun): from late L. dimissorius, from dimiss , dimittere send away …   English new terms dictionary

  • dimissory — dim·is·so·ry …   English syllables

  • dimissory —   a. giving permission to go; dismissing …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • dimissory letter — /dəˈmɪsəri ˌlɛtə/ (say duh misuhree .letuh) noun a letter issued by a bishop, abbot, etc., permitting a subject to be ordained by another bishop. Also, dimissorial letter. {Middle English dymyssories (plural), from Latin (litterae) dīmissōriae… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dimissory letters — /dimasoriy letarz/ Where a candidate for holy orders has a title of ordination in one diocese in England, and is to be ordained in another, the bishop of the former diocese gives letters dimissory to the bishop of the latter to enable him to… …   Black's law dictionary

  • dimissory letter — noun Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin dimissoriae litterae 1. : a letter given by a bishop dismissing a clergyman to another diocese and recommending him for reception there 2. : dimissorial * * * dimissory letter, 1. a letter dismissing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dimissory Letter —    A letter given to a clergyman removing from one Diocese to another. The General Canons provide that before a clergyman shall be permitted to settle in any Church or Parish, or be received into union with any Diocese of this Church as a… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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