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  • King Henry VIII required a papal dispensation to marry Catherine.
  • The 70 year-old protestant minister became a Roman Catholic priest with special dispensation from the Pope to continue living under the same roof with his wife.
  • At that time, a Hungarian was not permitted to marry a woman of another class except by special dispensation of the State.
  • Jem's free dispensation of my pledge irked me, but precious noontime minutes were ticking away.   (source)
    dispensation = granting of an exemption or exception
  • He was in charge of the dormitory; one of the dispensations of those days of deliverance, I realized now, had been his absence.   (source)
    dispensations = normal burdens that were removed
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  • Dispensation of controlled substances is carefully monitored.
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  • Such is the dispensation of an all-wise Providence!   (source)
    dispensation = a system of order
  • There were many men and women in Umuofia who did not feel as strongly as Okonkwo about the new dispensation. The white man had indeed brought a lunatic religion, but he had also built a trading store and for the first time palm-oil and kernel became things of great price, and much money flowed into Umuofia.   (source)
    dispensation = system of order
  • She believes that Jesus's sacrifice was the transition from dispensation of law to a new dispensation of grace.
    dispensation = a system of order
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  • The director has already filed a dispensation to keep me out of the reserves.†   (source)
  • Under the old dispensation, sexual competition had been relentless and cruel: for every pair of happy lovers there was a dejected onlooker, the one excluded.†   (source)
  • Grey was able to arrange for a special dispensation to allow that weekly call—your mother's only link with the world she once knew …."†   (source)
  • With special dispensation from the Vatican, she took her vows and entered a convent in Madras as a trainee novice.†   (source)
  • "Yes, my squalid little serf," I said, and fluttered my hands in royal dispensation.†   (source)
  • Your uncle will have dispensation of that fief.†   (source)
  • Papa had said we must wait until I was seventeen, but he consented to giving me those three days of dispensation.†   (source)
  • Henry sputtered, and forgetting the latest dispensations from General Motors, grabbed for a gearshift and stomped at a clutch.†   (source)
  • I wanted to impress upon the reporters the critical role of whites in any new dispensation.†   (source)
  • Beulah was but fourteen, and she belonged to the newer dispensation which speaks up more boldly to the masculine half of creation.†   (source)
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  • You can't do that to a poor aunt unless you have a special dispensation from the Pope.†   (source)
  • Mexicans don't have no special dispensation.†   (source)
  • In 1948, after receiving the special dispensation of Pope Pius XII to work independently, she founded an open-air school for Calcutta's homeless children.†   (source)
  • His voice had won him an indulgence-years of dispensation-in the type of prideful individual achievement that the church otherwise frowned upon.†   (source)
  • …of the crucifixion to the time-mood of the birth; from spring-dusk and vespers to the high, clear, lucid moon of winter and snow glinting upon the dwarfed pines where instead of the bells, the organ and the trombone choir speak carols to the distances drifted with snow, making of the night air a sea of crystal water lapping the slumbering land to the farthest reaches of sound, for endless miles, bringing the new dispensation even to the Golden Day, even unto the house of madness.†   (source)
  • Now, in the dismal aftermath of defeat, the idea of risking the fate of America in defense of New York seemed so senseless that submitting to the "dispensations of Providence," as he said, was about the only recourse left.†   (source)
  • My husband is generous with the dispensation of spirit, at week's-end, there is often music heard in the servants' quarters.†   (source)
  • Any faerie found carrying a weapon without a dispensation from the Clave will be killed on sight.†   (source)
  • She had received dispensation to resign as a nun, but still wore her ring from consecration.†   (source)
  • He argued for a dispensation, and he got it.†   (source)
  • This is a duty without dispensation.†   (source)
  • "Dispensation," Roarke corrected.†   (source)
  • You have them by some strange and lovely dispensation.†   (source)
  • …sides; cloaks of fur afire, white plumes of massively breathed air trailing above and behind them, golden-gauntleted and sun-eyed, clanking and skidding, rushing and whirling, they came, in bright baldric, wer-mask, fire-scarf, devil-shoe, frost-greaves and power-helm, they came; and across the world that lay at their back, there was rejoicing in the Temples, with much singing and the making of offerings, and processions and prayers, sacrifices and dispensations, pageantry and color.†   (source)
  • This was the children's dispensation: what they'd been waiting for.†   (source)
  • Now we are to ask the Pope to-dispense with his dispensation, also for state reasons?†   (source)
  • But they hadn't cut nearly enough wood to begin construction before his father's dispensation ended and Deo had to return to cowherding.†   (source)
  • He made them for precisely the opposite reason: to ensure power for the Afrikaner in a new dispensation.†   (source)
  • As long as the violence was not dealt with, the progress to a new dispensation would remain uneven and uncertain.†   (source)
  • I told them that whites were Africans as well, and that in any future dispensation the majority would need the minority.†   (source)
  • As a banned person, Wirmie had to receive a special dispensation from the minister of justice, for she was technically not permitted to communicate with me.†   (source)
  • MORE (Sits) A dispensation was granted so that the King might marry Queen Catherine, for state reasons.†   (source)
  • It was like a flower girl's dress in a wedding; once little Nina Carmichael's was a flower girl's dress, after Etta's wedding, but this was special dispensation.†   (source)
  • Perhaps he believed that some peculiar dispensation had been made in his favor, for his sake.†   (source)
  • It was as though the sister whom I had never laid eyes on, who before I was born had vanished into the stronghold of an ogre or a djinn, was now to return through a dispensation of one day only, to the world which she had quitted, and I a child of three, waked early for the occasion, dressed and curled as if for Christmas, for an occasion more serious than Christmas even, since now and at last this ogre of djinn had agreed for the sake of the wife and the children to come to church, to…†   (source)
  • There was such a simple, careless gaiety in his voice that no solemn dispensation could have been more effective.†   (source)
  • "For my vow," said the Templar, "our Grand Master hath granted me a dispensation.†   (source)
  • So I beseech you in my humble office as priest, as a lover of mankind, before you send Stewart to his death, to be sure there is here no mysterious dispensation of God.†   (source)
  • Not that they are immoral, I don't mean, but when a body of men go on insisting that Saturday is the Sabbath, after Christ himself has clearly indicated the new dispensation, then I think the legislature ought to step in——"†   (source)
  • But from its outcome, which he now found displayed before him in the dining room, he gathered that his grandfather had now received solemn dispensation from his interim stage and had finally returned to the form appropriate to him—an event of which he could only approve, though old Fiete wept and constantly shook his head, even though Hans Castorp himself wept, just as he had wept at the sight of his unexpectedly deceased mother and, a short time later, of his father lying there…†   (source)
  • The one called Lucas was a mild and meek-looking little gentleman of clerical aspect; he had been an itinerant evangelist, it transpired, and had seen the light and become a prophet of the new dispensation.†   (source)
  • The bizarre débris of some recent picture, a decayed street scene in India, a great cardboard whale, a monstrous tree bearing cherries large as basketballs, bloomed there by exotic dispensation, autochthonous as the pale amaranth, mimosa, cork oak or dwarfed pine.†   (source)
  • There was nothing here, when he rose in the deep morning quiet and looked out on the dewy brambles and rank tufted grass, that seemed to have any relation with that life centring in Lantern Yard, which had once been to him the altar-place of high dispensations.†   (source)
  • "Oh, Mamma, how is it you don't understand that the Holy Father, who has the right to grant dispensations…."†   (source)
  • Then, with assumed gravity, he said to the bereaved mother, "Sister, pray to the Lord that every dispensation of his divine will may be sanctified to the good of your poor needy soul!"†   (source)
  • " 'tis almost a pity," Mrs. Rouncewell adds—only "almost" because it borders on impiety to suppose that anything could be better than it is, in such an express dispensation as the Dedlock affairs—"that my Lady has no family.†   (source)
  • He preaches a new dispensation.†   (source)
  • And, as to procuring a dispensation, there could be no difficulty at his time of life, and with his character.†   (source)
  • , the first beginners of this Plantation in New England, to commit to writing his gracious dispensations on that behalf; having so many inducements thereunto, not onely otherwise but so plentifully in the Sacred Scriptures: that so, what we have seen, and what our fathers have told us (Psalm lxxviii.†   (source)
  • "What do you shake and toss your head now for, you silly?" he continued; for though her hair was now under a new dispensation, and was brushed smoothly behind her ears, she seemed still in imagination to be tossing it out of her eyes.†   (source)
  • If the presence of Arthur was a daily reproach to his father, and if the absence of Arthur was a daily agony to his mother, that was the just dispensation of Jehovah.†   (source)
  • After allowing herself to be betrayed into these evidences of emotion, she would force a lambent brightness, and would be fitfully cheerful, and would say, 'You have still good spirits, sir, I am thankful to find;' and would appear to hail it as a blessed dispensation that Mr. Bounderby bore up as he did.†   (source)
  • At the age of twenty, by special dispensation of the Holy See, he was a priest, and served as the youngest of the chaplains of Notre-Dame the altar which is called, because of the late mass which is said there, ~altare pigrorum~.†   (source)
  • An the young bride had conveyed notice, as in duty bound, to her feudal lord and proper master and protector the bishop, she had suffered no loss, for the said bishop could have got a dispensation making him, for temporary conveniency, eligible to the exercise of his said right, and thus would she have kept all she had.†   (source)
  • 'It was clear enough, as I have told you, years before YOU ever saw her — and why, in the mysterious dispensations of Providence, you ever did see her, is more than humanity can comprehend — it was clear enough that the poor soft little thing would marry somebody, at some time or other; but I did hope it wouldn't have been as bad as it has turned out.†   (source)
  • I, in my stiff-necked rebellion, almost cursed the dispensation: instead of bending to the decree, I defied it.†   (source)
  • Our parish is Saint-Denis du Saint Sacrament, but I will get a dispensation so that you can be married at Saint-Paul.†   (source)
  • I could have wished that Mr. Lydgate had not entered into such a union; but my relations with him are limited to that use of his gifts for God's purposes which is taught us by the divine government under each dispensation."†   (source)
  • What thou sayst is passing true, but I like not the privileges acquired by the dispensation of the Grand Master, and the merit acquired by the slaughter of three hundred Saracens.†   (source)
  • Above him, on a higher platform, well guarded by gilded railing, the tribune had his quarters, overlooking everything, and furnished with a couch, a table, and a cathedra, or chair, cushioned, and with arms and high back—articles which the imperial dispensation permitted of the utmost elegance.†   (source)
  • One evening, tired with his experimenting, and not being able to elicit the facts he needed, he left his frogs and rabbits to some repose under their trying and mysterious dispensation of unexplained shocks, and went to finish his evening at the theatre of the Porte Saint Martin, where there was a melodrama which he had already seen several times; attracted, not by the ingenious work of the collaborating authors, but by an actress whose part it was to stab her lover, mistaking him for…†   (source)
  • But, forasmuch as all favourite legends must be associated with the affections, and as many more people fall in love than commit murder—which it may be hoped, howsoever bad we are, will continue until the end of the world to be the dispensation under which we shall live—the Bleeding Heart, Bleeding Heart, bleeding away story, carried the day by a great majority.†   (source)
  • As for the chance episcopal perquisites, the fees for marriage bans, dispensations, private baptisms, sermons, benedictions, of churches or chapels, marriages, etc., the Bishop levied them on the wealthy with all the more asperity, since he bestowed them on the needy.†   (source)
  • …might have thought that a Christian young lady of fortune should find her ideal of life in village charities, patronage of the humbler clergy, the perusal of "Female Scripture Characters," unfolding the private experience of Sara under the Old Dispensation, and Dorcas under the New, and the care of her soul over her embroidery in her own boudoir—with a background of prospective marriage to a man who, if less strict than herself, as being involved in affairs religiously inexplicable,…†   (source)
  • His doubts did not arise from the possible relations of the event to Joshua Rigg's destiny, which belonged to the unmapped regions not taken under the providential government, except perhaps in an imperfect colonial way; but they arose from reflecting that this dispensation too might be a chastisement for himself, as Mr. Farebrother's induction to the living clearly was.†   (source)
  • We are concerned with looking at Joshua Rigg's sale of his land from Mr. Bulstrode's point of view, and he interpreted it as a cheering dispensation conveying perhaps a sanction to a purpose which he had for some time entertained without external encouragement; he interpreted it thus, but not too confidently, offering up his thanksgiving in guarded phraseology.†   (source)
  • There'll have to be a special dispensation," he murmured, as though to himself.†   (source)
  • A course that lay between undue clemency and excessive rigour: the dispensation in a heterogeneous society of arbitrary classes, incessantly rearranged in terms of greater and lesser social inequality, of unbiassed homogeneous indisputable justice, tempered with mitigants of the widest possible latitude but exactable to the uttermost farthing with confiscation of estate, real and personal, to the crown.†   (source)
  • This is a duty from which nothing can give him a dispensation.†   (source)
  • The only means, then, which they can possess, will be in the dispensation of appointments.†   (source)
  • Whereby it is manifest, that the greater Charge, (such as is the Government of the Church,) is a dispensation for the lesse.†   (source)
  • OF HOW DON QUIXOTE FELL SICK, AND OF THE WILL HE MADE, AND HOW HE DIED As nothing that is man's can last for ever, but all tends ever downwards from its beginning to its end, and above all man's life, and as Don Quixote's enjoyed no special dispensation from heaven to stay its course, its end and close came when he least looked for it.†   (source)
  • Marry, thus much I have learnt; He rather means to lodge you in the field, Like one that comes here to besiege his court, Than seek a dispensation for his oath, To let you enter his unpeeled house.†   (source)
  • …the matter carefully, and by what I can make out I find it will not do for me that my master should become an archbishop, because I am no good for the Church, as I am married; and for me now, having as I have a wife and children, to set about obtaining dispensations to enable me to hold a place of profit under the Church, would be endless work; so that, senor, it all turns on my master marrying this lady at once—for as yet I do not know her grace, and so I cannot call her by her name.†   (source)
  • As where a Law exacteth a Pecuniary mulct, of them that take the name of God in vaine, the payment of the mulct, is not the price of a dispensation to sweare, but the Punishment of the transgression of a Law undispensable.†   (source)
  • But for this may some say, as also for administring to them the Sacraments, the necessity shall be esteemed for a sufficient Mission; which is true: But this is true also, that for whatsoever, a dispensation is due for the necessity, for the same there needs no dispensation, when there is no Law that forbids it.†   (source)
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