Prel"a*cy (?) n.; pl. Prelacies (#). [LL. praelatia. See Prelate; cf. Prelaty.]

1.

The office or dignity of a prelate; church government by prelates.

Prelacies may be termed the greater benefices. Ayliffe.

2.

The order of prelates, taken collectively; the body of ecclesiastical dignitaries.

"Divers of the reverend prelacy, and other most judicious men."

Hooker.

 

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