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cardinal British & World English

A leading dignitary of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals are nominated by the Pope, and form the Sacred College which elects succeeding popes (now invariably from among their own number)

cardinal English Thesaurus

one of the cardinal principles of the law of trusts

cardinal New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Roman Catholic Church dignitary

cardinal red in cardinal British & World English

A deep scarlet colour like that of a cardinal’s cassock

cardinal fish British & World English

A small brightly coloured fish found in shallow tropical seas around reefs. The male often broods the eggs in his mouth

cardinal sin British & World English

(In Christian tradition) any of the seven deadly sins

cardinal beetle British & World English

A mainly bright red beetle with feathery or comb-like antennae, which typically lives under loose bark

cardinal flower British & World English

A tall scarlet-flowered lobelia found in North America

cardinal number British & World English

A number denoting quantity (one, two, three, etc.), as opposed to an ordinal number (first, second, third, etc.)

cardinal point British & World English

Each of the four main points of the compass (north, south, east, and west)

cardinal virtue British & World English

Each of the chief moral attributes of scholastic philosophy: justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude

cardinal vowel British & World English

Each of a series of vowel sounds used as a standard reference point to assist in the description and classification of vowel sounds in any language

cardinal humour in humour British & World English

Each of the four chief fluids of the body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile (choler), and black bile (melancholy)) that were thought to determine a person’s physical and mental qualities by the relative proportions in which they were present

Wolsey, Thomas British & World English

(Circa 1474–1530), English churchman and statesman; known as Cardinal Wolsey. Wolsey dominated foreign and domestic policy in the early part of Henry VIII’s reign, but incurred royal displeasure through his failure to secure the papal dispensation necessary for Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He was arrested on a charge of treason and died on his way to trial

Richelieu, Duc de British & World English

(1585–1642), French cardinal and statesman; born Armand Jean du Plessis; known as Cardinal Richelieu. As chief minister of Louis XIII (1624–42) he dominated French government. In 1635 he established the Académie française

Cardinal Wolsey in Wolsey, Thomas British & World English

(Circa 1474–1530), English churchman and statesman; known as Cardinal Wolsey. Wolsey dominated foreign and domestic policy in the early part of Henry VIII’s reign, but incurred royal displeasure through his failure to secure the papal dispensation necessary for Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He was arrested on a charge of treason and died on his way to trial

Cardinal Wolsey in Wolsey New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Thomas (c.1474–1530), English churchman and statesman; known as Cardinal Wolsey

Cardinal Richelieu in Richelieu, Duc de British & World English

(1585–1642), French cardinal and statesman; born Armand Jean du Plessis; known as Cardinal Richelieu. As chief minister of Louis XIII (1624–42) he dominated French government. In 1635 he established the Académie française

Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia in Borgia, Cesare British & World English

(Circa 1476–1507), Italian statesman, cardinal, and general. The illegitimate son of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (later Pope Alexander VI) and brother of Lucrezia Borgia, he was captain general of the papal army from 1499, and became master of a large portion of central Italy

cardinal grosbeak subfamily in cardinal British & World English

A New World songbird of the bunting family, having a stout bill and typically a conspicuous crest. The male is partly or mostly red in colour