Noun Acephal Definition and Examples


Noun:

Acephal

Pronunciation:

/(ˌ)eɪˈsɛfl//(ˌ)eɪˈkɛfl/

Definition:
1.

noun

Church History= Acephalian. Also: †a priest who is not subject to the authority of a bishop (obsolete rare). Usually with capital initial.
    An (imaginary) headless animal or person. Compare acephali. Now rare.

      adjective

      Having or recognizing no ruler, head, or chief; = "acephalous". Now rare.
        ((n.) One of the Acephala.)


        Origin:
        Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. As noun from post-classical Latin acephali, plural; as adjective from classical Latin acephalus.

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