FRIAR, n. One who fries in the heat of his lust. There are four principal orders of friars- Gray Friars, or Franciscans, White Friars, Dominicans, and Augustines. Mendicant Friars are those who beg to be taken out of the pan. The most eminent of the whole species was Friar John, whose adventures and services to the Church are related by Rabelais.
2009 Update: A brother of the ecclesiastical sort (from the French FRERE), who, like that of the familiar sort, lives on charity and forced consideration compelled by the expectation of elevation.
A friar at his morning meal,
Sustains himself for public weal,
But ere his eating's done at night
'Tis ordained for just the just and right.
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