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Arabic misbahah; tasbih; subhah. String of thirty-three beads used by Muslims since the ninth century to count repetition of prayers and recite the names of God. Probably adapted from ...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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... Form of meditational prayer that contemplates the life of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary within the Catholic and Orthodox churches. A rosary is also the string of beads on which a count may be kept of the number of prayers...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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... String of beads for recalling *prayers recited in a specific order while contemplating events from the lives of Christ and the Virgin *Mary . Popularization of the rosary is attributed to St *Dominic to oppose the *Cathars , although forms of prayer beads pre-date Dominic. See also mariology ; pater noster . Andrea Janelle Dickens A. Winston-Allen , Stories of the Rose: The Making of the Rosary in the Middle Ages ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... (Latin rosarium , ‘rose garden’, ‘garland’) The bead-roll used by Roman Catholics for keeping count of the recitation of certain prayers, also the prayers themselves. The usual modern rosary consists of five decades of ten recitations, or one-third of the complete rosary known as a corona or chaplet. The full rosary consists of 15 decades of Aves (Hail Marys, small beads), each preceded by a Pater (Our Father, a large bead), and followed by a Gloria (Glory be to the Father, a large bead). While the first, second and third chaplets are being recited, the ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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Current Version:
2003
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...Rosary Arabic misbahah ; tasbih ; subhah . String of thirty-three beads used by Muslims since the ninth century to count repetition of prayers and recite the names of God. Probably adapted from similar devices used by Eastern Christian monks since the third...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Religion
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...rosary was presented to S. Dominic in a vision by the Virgin is a pretty one; the Dominicans have a particular devotion to the Office, which they popularized, and which they may well have introduced as a regular devotion. The word ‘rosary’ is derived from rose garland, or garden (Lat. rosarium ); in French a rosary is called a chapelet , or wreath. The full rosary consists of a threefold repetition of the five sets of the ten Hail Marys, with the appropriate Our Fathers and Glorias, but it is unusual for this to be recited at one Office. The three rosaries...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Current Version:
2003
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Religion
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... see MĀLĀ ; Jap. Buddhism: see NENJU ), and are referred to in English as ‘rosaries’. Thus, many Sikhs use a rosary ( mālā ) to assist meditation. See also NĀM SIMARAN . In Islam, the subḥa (Arab., sabbaḥa , ‘praise God’, cf. subḥān Allāh , ‘Glory to God!’) is the Muslim string of prayer beads, in three groups, divided by two larger beads ( imām ), with a larger piece serving as a handle. By different reckonings, the total is always 100—Allāh + his Ninety-nine Beautiful Names . See NĀFILA...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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2009
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...gave the rosary to St Dominic as a weapon against the Albigensian heresy derives from revelations which Alain claimed to have received. The rosary was propagated by the establishment of rosary confraternities, which were increasingly under Dominican control; in 1569 Pius V gave the Dominican Master General exclusive control over them. As a consequence, until 1984 the blessing of rosaries came to be reserved to Dominicans or priests having special faculties. Besides the Dominican rosary, there are various other forms. The Servite rosary, for...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
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518 words

...of the Virgin then became the rosary, following a shift in vocabulary analogous to that which made “paternoster” become “ chaplet ”. And the term persisted, despite the secular character that came to it from the world of finery and caused it to be rejected by Alain de la Roche to whom the spread of devotion to the rosary owed so much. For the needs of the cause, this 15th-c. Breton friar preacher attributed its origin to St Dominic himself! He imagined himself founding a vast prayer union of all devotees of the rosary, associated with the spiritual...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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2014
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... . A form of prayer in which decades of Hail Marys are recited, each decade being preceded by the Lord's Prayer and followed by the Gloria Patri ; the prayers are counted on a string of beads or sometimes on a ring . Each decade is accompanied by meditation on one of a sequence of Mysteries (q.v.). Usually only five decades or less are recited at a...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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... ; rosery . The first is a string of prayer beads or a set of prayers. The second is a garden or section of a garden devoted to roses. The terms are sometimes confounded—e.g.: • “Like Albert, the two women stayed some time in front of the casket. Mrs. Minelli said a decade of the rosery [read rosary ].” Elaine Bergstrom , The Door Through Washington Square 204 ( 1998 ). • “Katrina remembered the Echo in the suitcase and before you could say rosery beads [read rosary beads ], she had it in front of her face saying ‘take my picture’. ” Jessica...

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The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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2005

..., The , Florence L. Barclay , 1909 , G. P. Putnam's Sons. Jane Champion is part Jane Eyre, part champion golfer. She rejects beautiful, artistic Garth Dalmain, with his lilac shirts and red socks, because he seems unmanly, a ‘mere boy’. But the rejection makes her wonder whether she herself is not too manly. The refusal, rather than disavowing, her femininity, at first defers and then recreates it. Dalmain goes blind. Nursing him in disguise, Jane nurses her own femininity, learning that she need not disguise it, until, a woman at last, she declares her...

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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Music
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...Rosary [Mystery] Sonatas . Sonatas (? 1764 ) by Biber for violin and...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Religion
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...of the Rosary . The subjects of meditation connected with the decades of the Rosary . There were fifteen, divided into three groups known as the Joyful , Sorrowful , and Glorious Mysteries , until John Paul II in 2002 added five Luminous Mysteries ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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2009
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...Mysteries of the Rosary . The 15 subjects of meditation connected with the 15 decades of the Rosary . They are divided into three groups of five, corresponding to the three chaplets of which the devotion is composed, and known as the Joyful , Sorrowful , and Glorious Mysteries (qq.v.). The whole in order forms an epitome of the lives of Christ and His...

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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)

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2015

... , rosery . A rosary is a set of prayer beads, and is also used to mean a rose-garden alongside the newer (19c) form rosery , although rose garden is now the usual...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Current Version:
2011
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... n. [the SE rosary is made of decades of prayers] 1 ( US prison/Und. ) a thirty-day sentence. 1935 A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 3/2: A rosary , 30 days in jail. 2 ( US prison ) a sentence to be served for the remainder of one's natural life. 1950 Goldin et al. DAUL 180/2: Rosary, the. (P) A life sentence in prison. ▪ In phrases do a/the rosary ( v. ) ( US Und. ) to serve a sentence of imprisonment for the rest of one's natural life. 1950 Goldin et al. DAUL 60/2: Do the rosary. (P) To serve a life term. 1972 B. Rodgers ...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2015

...rosary , rosery (rose garden) . The first is the older word (from the 15c. in the OED ), based on Latin rosārium ; and rosery is a mid-18c. formation (after nursery , etc.). But in ordinary use rose garden, bed, border are now the more usual terms. (The most prominent sense of rosary is of course the religious...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

...( see Trimmin's on the Rosary ). A set of Rosary beads was used to count the prayers of the decade, and until relatively recently every Catholic adult and child in Ireland would have owned a set of rosary beads. Beads were made of more or less valuable material as circumstances dictated: metal, bakelite or plastic (in more recent years); materials such as mother-of-pearl or semi-precious stones would be used for a special set. Children were customarily given a set of white beads at their First Communion, and Rosary beads blessed at Knock, Lourdes,...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
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... base coin current in England in the 13th century XIV; rose-garden XV; set of devotions, spec. that of the B.V.M. (‘Our Lady's psalter’), set of beads for its recitation. — L. rosārium rose-garden, AL. rosārius (coin), sb. uses of n. and m. of adj. f. rosa ROSE ; see -ARY...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... (in the Roman Catholic Church) a form of devotion in which five (or fifteen) decades of Hail Marys are repeated (a decade is a set of ten), each decade preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory Be; a string of beads for keeping count in such a devotion or in the devotions of some other religions, in Roman Catholic use 55 or 165 in number. The word comes (in late Middle English, in the sense ‘rose garden’) from Latin rosarium rose-garden, from rosa ‘rose’. In the 16th century (from which this meaning dates) the word was also used as the title...

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