The English translation of the Bible sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church. The Old Testament was published by the English college at Douay, in France, in 1609; but the New Testament was published at Rheims in 1582. The English college at Douay was founded by William Allen (afterwards cardinal) in 1568. The Douay Bible translates such words as repentance by the word penance, etc., and the whole contains notes by Roman Catholic divines.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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