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In Parʹtibus [Infidelium]


In a non-Christian country. A “bishop in partibus” means a bishop in any country, Christian or otherwise, whose title is from some old see which has fallen away from the Catholic faith. Thus, in England, the Bishop of Cisamus, the Bishop of Emmaus, the Bishop of Amycla, are bishops in partibus. Dr. Wiseman was Bishop of Melipotamus before he was Archbishop of Westminster. A bishop in partibus does not mean a bishop in a land of infidels; he may be so, but this would not make him a bishop in partibus.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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In Flagrante Delicto
In for a Penny in for a Pound
In for It
In Forma Pauperis
In Gremio Legis
In Limine (Latin)
In Loco Parentĭs
In Medias Res
In Memoriam
In Nubibus
In Partibus [Infidelium]
In Perpetnam (Latin)
In Petto (Italian)
In Posse (Latin)
In Propria Persona (Latin)
In Prospectu (Latin)
In Re (Latin)
In Situ (Latin)
In Statu Quo or In statu quo ante (Latin)
In Terrorem (Latin)
In Toto (Latin)

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