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  1. Doctor of the Church
  2. noun

    • 1. one of the early Christian theologians regarded as especially authoritative in the Western Church (particularly St Augustine of Hippo, St Jerome, St Ambrose, and St Gregory the Great) or later so designated by the Pope (e.g. St Thomas Aquinas, St Teresa of Ávila).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: Doctor of the Church, plural noun: Doctors of the Church