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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A piece of ground adjoining to the church, set apart for the interment of the dead. In the church of Rome, church-yards are consecrated with great solemnity. If a church-yard which has been thus consecrated shall afterwards be polluted by any indecent notion, or profaned by the burial of an infidel, an heretic, an excommunicated or unbaptized person, it must be reconciled; and the ceremony of the reconciliation is performed with the same solemnity as that of the consecration!
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Church-Yard'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/c/church-yard.html. 1802.