Definition of dimissory in English:


Line breaks: di¦mis|sory
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪmɪs(ə)ri


(In the Christian Church) denoting formal permission from a bishop ( letters dimissory) for a person from one diocese to be ordained in another, or (formerly) for an ordained person to leave one diocese for another.
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  • The man, who also retired as Bishop of Albany Jan. 31, had issued him letters dimissory to transfer.
  • As you know from the letters dimissory which were delivered to you a year ago this month, I am a priest in the Anglican Province of the Church of Rwanda.
  • Bishops shall both confer orders, and give dimissory letters and testimonials gratis: their servants shall receive nothing therefrom, and notaries that which is fixed in this decree.


late Middle English (as a plural noun): from late Latin dimissorius, from dimiss- 'sent away', from the verb dimittere. The adjective dates from the late 16th century, the original sense being 'valedictory'.

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