Definition for DEP-RI-VA'TION

DEP-RI-VA'TION, n. [See Deprive.]

  1. The act of depriving; a taking away.
  2. A state of being deprived; loss; want; bereavement by loss of friends or of goods.
  3. In law, the act of divesting a bishop or other clergyman of his spiritual promotion or dignity; the taking away of a preferment; deposition. This is of two kinds; a beneficio and an ab officio. The former is the deprivation of a minister of his living or preferment; the latter, of his order, and otherwise called deposition or degradation. – Encyc.

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