Faculty

Fac"ul*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Faculties (#).
[F. facult, L. facultas, fr. facilis easy (cf. facul easily), fr. fecere to make. See Fact, and cf. Facility.] 1. Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul.
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But know that in the soul
Are many lesser faculties that serve
Reason as chief.
Milton.
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What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason ! how infinite in faculty !
Shak.
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2. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
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He had a ready faculty, indeed, of escaping from any topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous temperament.
Hawthorne.
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3. Power; prerogative or attribute of office. [R.]
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This Duncan
Hath borne his faculties so meek.
Shak.
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4. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation.
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The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free from his promise.
Fuller.
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It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops' dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they should think fit to alter among the colleges.
Evelyn.
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5. A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal faculty, etc.
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6. (Amer. Colleges) The body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college.
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Dean of faculty. See under Dean. -- Faculty of advocates. (Scot.) See under Advocate.

Syn. -- Talent; gift; endowment; dexterity; expertness; cleverness; readiness; ability; knack.
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