Definition of peritus in English:


Syllabification: pe·ri·tus
Pronunciation: /pəˈrēto͞os

noun (plural periti /-tē/)

A theological adviser or consultant to a council of the Roman Catholic Church.
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  • They also consulted widely with non-Catholic observers and theological experts (periti), many of whom were also active in drafting council documents.
  • The perhaps equally numerous periti (experts and consultants who included some of the world's greatest scholars) were even more disadvantaged.
  • I noticed how he became more cautious in his embrace of the principles he had espoused as a peritus at Vatican II.


1960s: from Latin; related to expertus 'expert'.

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