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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Name of a class of men who in France prior to the Revolution prepared themselves by study of theology for preferment in the Church, and who, failing, gave themselves up to letters or science.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Abbé'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/a/abb.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.