defender of the faith

One of the several titles of the King or Queen of England.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Defender of the Faith — may refer to: Fidei defensor (Latin for Defender of the Faith ), a title of several European Christian monarchs. Defender of the Faith, a title of the heads of the ruling Solomonic dynasty of the former Ethiopian Empire. Defenders of the Faith, a …   Wikipedia

  • Defender of the Faith — a title used by British kings and queens since Henry VIII, who was given it by Pope Leo X in 1521 because he wrote a paper attacking the ideas of Martin Luther …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Defender of the Faith — n. a title used by English sovereigns, originally conferred upon Henry VIII by Pope Leo X …   English World dictionary

  • Defender of the Faith — noun a title that Leo X bestowed on Henry VIII and later withdrew; parliament restored the title and it has been used by English sovereigns ever since • Hypernyms: ↑title, ↑title of respect, ↑form of address * * * Defender of the Faith [Defender… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Defender of the Faith — De,fender of the Faith a title used by all English kings and queens since Henry VIII …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • DEFENDER OF THE FAITH —    a title conferred by Pope Leo X. in 1521 upon Henry VIII. for his defence of the Catholic faith in a treatise against Luther, and retained ever since by the sovereigns of England, though revoked by Pope Paul III. in 1535 in consequence of… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Defender of the Faith — a title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521, later withdrawn but restored by Parliament and used ever since by English sovereigns. [trans. of NL Fidei defensor] * * * ▪ English royal title Latin  Fidei Defensor,         a title… …   Universalium

  • defender of the faith — A peculiar title belonging to the sovereign of England, as that of Catholic to the king of Spain, and that of Most Christian to the king of France. These titles were originally given by the popes of Rome; and that of Defensor Fidei was first… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Defender of the Faith — noun (one of the titles of English sovereigns, originally conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521 for his pamphlet attacking Luther and later withdrawn, but restored by Parliament.) Also, Fidei Defensor …   Australian English dictionary

  • Defender of the Faith — UK / US a title used by all English kings and queens since Henry VIII …   English dictionary

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