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cardinal

(Basic), adjective apical, basal, capital, chief, controlling, elemental, elementary, essential, first, foremost, fundamental, indispensable, key, main, necessary, overruling, pivotal, praecipuus, primal, primary, prime, primus, principal, rudimentary, strategic, substantial, substantive, summital, underlying, undermost, uppermost, utmost, vital
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cardinal

(Outstanding), adjective absolute, all powwrful, best, central, chief, commanding, controlling, dominant, eventful, excellent, finest, foremost, greatest possible, highest, incomparable, inimitable, insurmountable, key, leading, major, maximal, momentous, most important, notable, paramount, praecipuus, preeminent, preponderant, prevailing, prime, primus, second to none, supereminent, superlative, supreme, top, unequaled, unexcelled, unparalleled, uppermost, utmost
See also: central, considerable, dominant, essential, fundamental, important, indispensable, integral, leading, material, paramount, prime, principal, salient, vital

CARDINAL, eccl. law. The title given to one of the highest dignitaries of the court of Rome. Cardinals are next to the pope in dignity; he is elected by them and out of their body. There are cardinal bishops, cardinal priests, and cardinal deacons. See Fleury, Hist. Eccles. liv. xxxv. n. 17, II. n. 19 Thomassin, part ii. liv. i. oh. 53, part iv. liv. i. c. 79, 80 Loiseau, Traite des Ordres, c. 3, n. 31; Andre, Droit Canon, au mot.

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It was this justly acquired popularity, no doubt, which preserved him on his entrance from any bad reception at the hands of the mob, which had been so displeased but a moment before, and very little disposed to respect a cardinal on the very day when it was to elect a pope.
Joannes Frollo de Molendin, in his quality of brother to an archdeacon, boldly attacked the scarlet; he sang in deafening tones, with his impudent eyes fastened on the cardinal, "
All these details which we here lay bare for the edification of the reader, were so covered by the general uproar, that they were lost in it before reaching the reserved platforms; moreover, they would have moved the cardinal but little, so much a part of the customs were the liberties of that day.
You are a very complacent husband, my dear Monsieur Bonacieux," said the cardinal.
The officer sprang out of the apartment with that alacrity which all the servants of the cardinal displayed in obeying him.
The newly introduced personage followed Bonacieux impatiently with his eyes till he had gone out; and the moment the door closed, "They have seen each other;" said he, approaching the cardinal eagerly.
After mass the young monarch drove to the Parliament House, where, upon the throne, he hastily confirmed not only such edicts as he had already passed, but issued new ones, each one, according to Cardinal de Retz, more ruinous than the others -- a proceeding which drew forth a strong remonstrance from the chief president, Mole -- whilst President Blancmesnil and Councillor Broussel raised their voices in indignation against fresh taxes.
Such was the state of affairs at the very moment we introduced our readers to the study of Cardinal Mazarin -- once that of Cardinal Richelieu.
Bernouin," said the cardinal, not turning round, for having whistled, he knew that it was his valet-de-chambre who was behind him; "what musketeers are now within the palace?
Anne of Austria, already suffering from the cancer which six or eight years after caused her death, ate very little more than the cardinal.
Monsieur, like a good courtier, was inquiring of monsieur le cardinal after the health of his nieces; he regretted, he said, not having the pleasure of receiving them at the same time with their uncle; they must certainly have grown in stature, beauty and grace, as they had promised to do the last time Monsieur had seen them.
The court was young, it was true, but the avarice of the cardinal had taken good care that it should not be brilliant.