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E'ldership. n.s. [from elder.]

  1. Seniority; primogeniture.

    That all should Alibech adore, 'tis true;
    But some respect is to my birthright due:
    My claim to her by eldership I prove.
    Dryden's Ind. Emp.

                        Nor were the eldership
    Of Artaxerxes worth our least of fears,
    If Memnon's interest did not prop his cause.

  2. Presbytery; ecclesiastical senate; kirk-session.

    Here were the seeds sown of that controversy which sprang up between Beza and Erastus, about the matter of excommunications; whether there ought to be in all churches an eldership, having power to excommunicate, and a part of that eldership to be of necessity certain chosen out from amongst the laity for that purpose. Hooker, Preface.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Rowe, Nicholas (21)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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