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Witan meaning

Witan - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. Lit., wise men;
  2. 2. the members of the national, or king's, council which sat to assist the king in administrative and judicial matters; also, the council.

Witan - examples of usage

  1. Although, as we have seen, the crown was not absolutely within the bequests of a dying king, but at the will of the Witan, still, in circumstances so unparalleled, the utter failure of all natural heirs, save a boy feeble in mind as body, and half foreign by birth and rearing; the love borne by Edward to the Church; and the sentiments, half of pity half of reverence, with which he was regarded throughout the land;- his dying word would go far to influence the council and select the successor. - "Harold, Book 10. The Last Of The Saxon Kings", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. The powers vested in King William and his Witan remained constitutionally the same as those which had been vested in King Eadgar and his Witan a hundred years before. - "The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI.", Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton.
  3. He, too, first took refuge in the Weald when deposed by his witan. - "England of My Heart--Spring", Edward Hutton.
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