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PARSON, eccl. law. One who has full possession of all the rights of a parochial church.
     2. He is so called because by his person the church, which is an invisible body, is represented: in England he is himself a body corporate it order to protect and defend the church (which he personates) by a the minority, if required to bring Story on Partn. Sec. 489. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1217. 398; 5 Com. Dig. 346.

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27) Norton accused his opponents of nurturing a 'pestiferous parsonical spirit' and attempting to 'drive the people into church because the churches are empty'.
Many of us in the parsonical line of work," admits Wicks Cherrycoke, "find congenial the Mathematics, particularly the science of the fluxion [differential calculus].
The resolution was to come only in the Parsonical preferences of the 'Retractions' where, amongst those books 'revoked', is listed 'the book of Troilus', a caveat for those who regard it as safely Christian.