Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    In the face of the church.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the face of the church. A term applied in the law of England to marriages, which are required to be solemnized in a parish church or public chapel, unless by dispensation or license. 1 Bl. Comm. 439 ; 2 Steph. Comm. 288, 289. Applied in Bracton to the old mode of conferring dower. Bract fol. 92; 2 Bl. Comin. 133.