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Ursuline

Line breaks: Ur¦su|line
Pronunciation: /ˈəːsjʊlʌɪn
 
, -lɪn/

Definition of Ursuline in English:

noun

A nun of an order founded by St Angela Merici (1470–1540) at Brescia in 1535 for nursing the sick and teaching girls.
Example sentences
  • So as not to remain simply with the two doctors of the church and Hildegard of Bingen, I wish also to mention Angela of Brescia, the founder of the Ursulines, and the humanistically highly-educated Catherine of Bologna.
  • He said she was supported by the prayers of Sister Carmel and her order, the Ursulines, over the last few years as her life faded gradually.
  • The Ursulines - an order for women - helped the poor; the Somaschi helped orphans in Venetia and the Barnabites in Milan helped the poor.

adjective

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Relating to the Ursulines.
Example sentences
  • Family members and Ursuline sisters sought to comfort her; she did not recognize them.
  • ‘Some of those Ursuline nuns must have learned a great deal from the Senator's tactics’, he writes.
  • Dr Calvert's appointment as headteacher of Ursuline High five years ago was itself a radical move for the school, as all previous headteachers had been Ursuline sisters.

Origin

from St Ursula, the founder's patron saint (see Ursula, St), + -ine1.

Words that rhyme with Ursuline

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