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enthronistic, n. and adj.


α. 16–17 inthronistick, 19– inthronistic.

β. 16 enthronistick, 18– enthronistic.

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Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: A borrowing from Latin. Etymon: Latin inthronistica.
Etymology: < post-classical Latin inthronistica, intronistica, neuter plural, gift paid to a bishop for ordination (6th cent. in Justinian Novellae) < Byzantine Greek ἐνθρονιστικά  , neuter plural (6th cent. in Justinian Novellae), use as noun of ἐνθρονιστικός   inaugural < ἐνθρονίζειν  enthronize v.   + -ιστικός  -istic suffix.
In β. forms   with remodelling after the ulterior Greek etymon; compare en- prefix1, and also enthrone v., enthronement n., etc.
In use as adjective after post-classical Latin enthronisticus (1560 or earlier); compare French inthronistique   (1708 in the passage translated in quot. 1725 at sense B.).
Church History. Now rare.
A. n.

  In the early Orthodox Church: a payment made to a metropolitan or other bishop for ordaining or installing a new bishop. Obsolete.

1681   Bp. G. Burnet Hist. Rights Princes 84   Then he [sc. Justinian] taxes the Sum to be payed for an Inthronistick, that it should not be above twenty pounds of Gold for a Patriarch... Other Bishops were to pay to the Metropolitan, a 100 Solidi..for Inthronisticks.
1685   Bp. G. Burnet Life W. Bedell 82   When the Metropolitan [etc.]..came and ordained the Bishop..it was but reasonable that their expence should be discharged; and this came to be rated to a certain Summ, and was called the Inthronistick.

1681—1685(Hide quotations)

 B. adj.

  Relating to or occasioned by the installation of a new bishop; spec. (in the early Orthodox Church) designating a letter sent from a newly installed patriarch or other bishop to a fellow patriarch or bishop.

1683   tr. H. de Valois in tr. Eusebius et al. Hist. Church iv. iv. 478/1   Those Letters, which are termed Enthronistick [L. Enthronisticae] or Synodicall Letters, &c. So the Letters were termed, which the Patriarchs sent one to another, at their Installment, that is, in the beginning of their Episcopate· There were also Enthronistick Homilies [L. Enthronisticae homiliae], or Sermons, which the Bishops Preacht to the people at their entrance upon their Episcopate.
1725   D. Cotes tr. L. E. Du Pin New Eccl. Hist. 17th Cent. I. v. 113   That Right which Justinian calls Inthronistick [Fr. Inthronistique], which his Predecessor Julian has called by the Term Cathedratick, which was given, not for the Ordination, but for that which we call the Installation.
1856   J. C. Robertson Hist. Christian Church II. i. ii. 40   Sophronius, in his enthronistic letter, set forth very fully..the doctrine of the Incarnation.
1958   C. Mango in tr. Photius Homilies Introd. p. 23   It must be pointed out..that one passage in Homily XIV calls to mind Photius' ‘enthronistic’ letter to Pope Nicholas I.
1993   F. M. Bliss Understanding Reception iv. 68   They chose Atarbius, an ascetic cousin of Basil, who, for a long time refused to send his ‘enthronistic’ letter to his cousin.

1683—1993(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).