What is another word for friars?

Pronunciation: [fɹˈa͡ɪ͡əz] (IPA)

Friars are religious men who belong to various orders in the Catholic Church. They are often known as monks, but there are differences between the two. Members of the Franciscan order are known as friars and there are numerous synonyms for this term which include brothers, mendicants, Minorites, cloistered monks, and friaries. The word friar originates from the Latin word "frater," which means brother. Friars live in communities and spend their lives serving God and others through activities such as preaching, teaching, and helping the poor. These synonyms for friars highlight the importance and role of these religious men in the Catholic Church and in society.

Usage examples for Friars

"One of the 'Fat friars,'" giggled Jerry.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman"
Pauline Lester
From it was led forth, trembling with agitation, the young Joze de Tavora, dressed in a suit of black; and supported by the friars, he mounted the scaffold.
"The Prime Minister"
W.H.G. Kingston
240; Richard I. surprises Philip's treasure at, 263 friars, the, ii.
"History of the English People, Index"
John Richard Green

Famous quotes with Friars

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    Joseph Strutt
  • The popularity of the famous device of the use of lands into England is said to be largely due to the mendicant friars of the then new Orders of St. Dominic and St. Francis, who, arriving in this country, in the first half of the thirteenth century, found themselves hampered by their own vows of poverty, no less than by the growing feeling against Mortmain in acquiring the provision of land absolutely necessary for their rapidly developing work.
    Edward Jenks
  • From the book I got the impression that that the Maya’s strength was not in their military prowess, but in their ability to absorb invaders, adopt some of the new customs, retain some of their own. For the most part, they held their own until the Spanish came along. The Spanish conquistadors overcame the Mayan armies; the Catholic Church subdued the survivors. The friars seemed, from the book’s account, to be concerned with saving the heathens’ souls even if it meant ending their lives.
    Pat Murphy

Similar words: Franciscan, Dominican

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