One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The holder of a position of responsibility in a monastery or convent under a superior.
- ‘The typical obedientiary rendered his final account at Michaelmas (29 September) each year, and nearly 2,000 such accounts survive, but other documents were also produced throughout the year.’
- ‘In 1278 Palmerio Berardi, canon and obedientiary, is responsible for executing the bishop's and chapter's warning of excommunication.’
- ‘He is an obedientiary of the abbot, is appointed by him, and may be removed by him at any time.’
Mid 16th century (denoting a vassal): from medieval Latin oboedientiarius, from oboedientia (see obedience).
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