Carrier's republican marriages. A device of wholesale slaughter, adopted by Carrier, proconsul of Nantes, in the first French Revolution. It consisted in tying men and women together by their hands and feet, and casting them into the Loire. (1794.)
Close times of marriages in the Catholic Church. (1) Ab Adventu usque ad Epiphaniam (from Advent to Epiphany). (2) A Septuagesima usque ad octavus Pasche inclusive (from Septuagesima to the eighth Easter). (3) A secunda feria in Rogationibus usque ad primam dominicam post Pentacosten (from the second feast in Rogation to the first Sunday after Pentecost exclusive).
(Liber Sacerdotalis ... Secundum Ritum Sanctæ Romance et Apostolicæ Ecclesiæ; 1537.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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