The obscure word of the week is decretal

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThis week’s obscure English word is decretal.

It’s from Middle English and variously means either the nature of a papal decree, or a specific form of papal decree involving canonical law.

Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word.

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2 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is decretal

  1. I will have to make a note of this one Matthew. Perhaps it was used to instigate the first and subsequent crusades? It may apply to the late Anglo-Saxon period (just) around 1000AD. In any case – great word!

  2. Just as the armistice of 1919, ending WW1, led to a later WW2, is the decretal that led to the Crusades also what leads us to endless terrorism from the Middle-east?

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