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Medieval Term of the Day: Investiture

Pronunciation: [in-ves-ti-cher, -choor]
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin investitura, from investitus, past participle of investire

The act of formally putting someone into an office or landholding; it was a major occasion of dispute in the eleventh and twelfth centuries when reformers opposed lay rulers who invested clergy with the symbols of their positions.