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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
The same with Abbot, which see. Also the name of curious popular characters in France; who are persons who have not yet obtained any precise or fixed settlement in church or state, but most heartily wish for and would accept of either, just as it may happen. In the mean while their privileges are many. In college they are the instructors of youth, and in private families the tutors of young gentlemen.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Abbe'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/a/abbe.html. 1802.