the rites or sanctions of a church.
living together withoutbenefit of clergy.
the privilege claimed by church authorities to try and punish, by an ecclesiastical court, any member of the clergy accused of a serious crime. The privilege was abolished in the U.S. in 1790 and in England in 1827.
sanction by the church: marriage without benefit of clergy
(in the Middle Ages) a privilege that placed the clergy outside the jurisdiction of secular courts and entitled them to trial in ecclesiastical courts
- Benefit of the doubt
a favorable opinion or judgment adopted despite uncertainty.
- Beige toaster
- Belisha beacon
noun a flashing light in an orange globe mounted on a post, indicating a pedestrian crossing on a road
- Believe in
to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.); give credence to. to have confidence in […]