Definitions for tonsureˈtɒn ʃər
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the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
shave the head of a newly inducted monk
The bald patch resulting from being tonsured.
To subject to the often ritual shaving of the crown of the head as a sign of humility and one's religious vocation. Some tonsures were more dramatic than others, leaving only a fringe of hair. Abolished by Vatican II in the Roman Catholic Church.
Origin: From tonsura, from tondeo.
the act of clipping the hair, or of shaving the crown of the head; also, the state of being shorn
the first ceremony used for devoting a person to the service of God and the church; the first degree of the clericate, given by a bishop, abbot, or cardinal priest, consisting in cutting off the hair from a circular space at the back of the head, with prayers and benedictions; hence, entrance or admission into minor orders
the shaven corona, or crown, which priests wear as a mark of their order and of their rank
Tonsure is the traditional practice of Christian churches of cutting or shaving the hair from the scalp of clerics, monastics, and, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, all baptized members. Tonsure, usually qualified by the name of the religion concerned, is now sometimes used more generally for such cutting or shaving for monks, devotees, or mystics of other religions as a symbol of their renunciation of worldly fashion and esteem, e.g., by Buddhist novices and monks, and some Hindu streams.
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