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Incumbents to be tonsured, and clergy to wear “the crown” instead of love-locks.

And behind him in the doorway stood a tall man, tonsured, garbed in russet.

A party of tonsured Franciscans were unconcernedly challenging it to do its worst.

The monk, tonsured and untonsured, is found in every religion.

Man, even when tonsured and gowned, was not made to live alone.

As of old, he must be at least tonsured and without a wife living.

The priests follow, tonsured, but—which looks strange—with beards and whiskers.

The day of these tonsured people has gone by, that of the soldier has come!

You are not here in France where the tonsured lackeys of Rome rule the roost!'

The tonsured head is the common mark of membership in religious orders.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "shaving of the head or part of it as a religious rite," from Anglo-French tonsure (mid-14c.), from Old French tonsure (14c.), from Latin tonsura "a shearing, clipping," from tonsus, past participle of tondere "to shear, shave," from PIE *tend-, from root *tem- "to cut" (see tome). The verb is attested from 1793. Related: Tonsured; tonsuring.

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