Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

    see more
  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

    see more
Jan
28
2014

ex cathedra

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

eksthi drə  [or]  eks kae thih drə

adjective & adverb

from the chair (Latin); with the authority of one’s office or rank (used especially of statements from the pope regarding faith and morals).
example: Catholic doctrine considers the Pope infallible when he speaks ex cathedra. 

Quotations using ex cathedra

…as an adverb
“This misses the most fundamental tenet of Catholicism: the doctrine of the infallibility of the Popes when they speak ex cathedra on faith and morals (sex and marriage).”

…as an adjective
His fatwas are the nearest equivalent that al-Qaeda has to an ex cathedra statement from the pope.
“The numbers are quoted as if they are “ex-cathedra,” infallible in their wisdom.”