Definition of praemunire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpriːmjuːˈnɪəri/


[mass noun] historical
1The offence of asserting or maintaining papal jurisdiction in England.
Example sentences
  • He had already moved against the clergy with accusations of praemunire and in 1532 forbade the payment of Annates or first fruits to Rome.
1.1 [count noun] A writ charging a sheriff to summon a person accused of this offence.
Example sentences
  • In his play the fox priest's punishment imitates the praemunire of all recusants whose ‘substance all be straight confiscate’.
  • The penalties for non-attendance for Catholic recusants were fines of 20 [pounds sterling] for the first month, 40 [pounds sterling] for the second, 100 [pounds sterling] for the third, and the pains of praemunire for the fourth.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin, 'forewarn', from Latin praemonere, from prae 'beforehand' + monere 'warn'. The term comes from praemunire facias 'that you warn (a person to appear)', part of the wording in the writ.

Words that rhyme with praemunire

beery, bleary, cheery, dearie, dreary, Dun Laoghaire, eerie, eyrie (US aerie), Kashmiri, leery, peri, query, smeary, teary, theory, weary

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