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Defender of the Faith Syllabification: De·fend·er of the Faith

Definition of Defender of the Faith in English:


A title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521. It was recognized by Parliament as an official title of the English monarch in 1544 and has been borne by all subsequent sovereigns.
Example sentences
  • What France didn't have was a Defender of the Faith; it didn't have a Henry.
  • For instance the ceremony surrounding the opening of parliament involves the Defender of the Faith but does that really influence the democracy itself?
  • The king continued to have only one title everywhere - ‘of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India’.


Translation of Latin Fidei Defensor.

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