acolyte
\ \ [14] Acolyte comes, via Old French and/or medieval Latin, from Greek akólouthosfollowing’. This was formed from the prefix a- (which is related to homossame’) and the noun keleuthospath’, and it appears again in English in anacolouthon [18] (literally ‘not following’), a technical term for lack of grammatical sequence. The original use of acolyte in English was as a minor church functionary, and it did not acquire its more general meaning of ‘follower’ until the 19th century.
\ \ Cf.ANACOLOUTHON

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  • Acolyte — • A cleric promoted to the fourth and highest minor order in the Latin Church, ranking next to a subdeacon Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Acolyte     Acolyte      …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • acolyte — ACOLYTE. s. m. Clerc promeu à l un des quatre Mineurs, dont l office est de porter les cierges, preparer le feu, l encensoir, le vin & l eau, & de servir le Prestre, le Diacre, le Sousdiacre. Faire les fonctions d Acolyte à une grande Messe …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • acolyte — (n.) early 14c., inferior officer in the church, from O.Fr. acolite or directly from M.L. acolytus (L.L. acoluthos), from Gk. akolouthos following, attending on, lit. having one way, from a together with, copulative prefix, + keleuthose a way,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • acolyte — [n] attendant, usually in a church aid, assistant, follower, helper; concept 361 …   New thesaurus

  • acolyte — Acolyte, Acolytus, {{t=g}}akôlutos,{{/t}} qui ipse quidem non peragit mysteria, sed non excluditur cum caeteris, quod ignem aut simile quid ad sacra affert: quasi dicas, non prohibitus, hoc est admissus, ab {{t=g}}a{{/t}} et {{t=g}}kalua{{/t}}… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • acolyte — ► NOUN 1) an assistant or follower. 2) a person assisting a priest in a religious service. ORIGIN Latin acolytus, from Greek akolouthos follower …   English terms dictionary

  • acolyte — [ak′ə līt΄] n. [ME acolit < ML acolytus < Gr akolouthos, follower < a , copulative + keleuthos, a way] 1. in some Christian churches a) one of the four MINOR ORDERS, the special function of which is to serve at the Eucharist b) any… …   English World dictionary

  • Acolyte — NOTOC This article is about religious acolytes. For other uses, see Acolyte (disambiguation). In many Christian denominations, an acolyte is anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles. In other Christian Churches, the… …   Wikipedia

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