Definition of Defender of the Faith in English:

Defender of the Faith


  • A title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521. It was recognized by Parliament as an official title of the English monarch in 1544, and has been borne by all subsequent sovereigns.

    • ‘What France didn't have was a Defender of the Faith; it didn't have a Henry.’
    • ‘The king continued to have only one title everywhere - ‘of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India’.’
    • ‘The prince will one day become the supreme governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith.’
    • ‘He is the spiritual head, Defender of the Faith of the Church of England.’
    • ‘For instance the ceremony surrounding the opening of parliament involves the Defender of the Faith but does that really influence the democracy itself?’


Translation of Latin Fidei Defensor.


Defender of the Faith