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Tonsure vs. Haircut — What's the Difference?

Tonsure vs. Haircut — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Tonsure and Haircut

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Tonsure

Tonsure () is the practice of cutting or shaving some or all of the hair on the scalp as a sign of religious devotion or humility. The term originates from the Latin word tonsura (meaning "clipping" or "shearing") and referred to a specific practice in medieval Catholicism, abandoned by papal order in 1972.
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Haircut

The act or an instance of cutting the hair.
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Tonsure

The act of shaving the head or part of the head, especially as a preliminary to becoming a priest or a member of a monastic order.
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Haircut

A style in which hair is cut.
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Tonsure

The part of a monk's or priest's head that has been shaved.
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Haircut

(Slang) A reduction, as in payment or value
"No one gets exactly what he wants from Chapter 11—creditors get a haircut, employees get laid off, and shareholders (usually) get zilch" (New Yorker).
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Tonsure

To shave the head of.
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Haircut

The act of cutting of the hair, often done professionally by a barber, hair stylist, or beautician.
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Tonsure

To shave the crown of the head as a sign of humility and religious vocation.
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Haircut

The style into which the hair is cut.
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Tonsure

A ritual shaving of this kind.
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Haircut

(legal) In a bankruptcy proceeding, the proportional reduction in the debt that will be paid to each creditor, based on an evaluation of the total debt owed and the total assets of the debtor.
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Tonsure

The hairstyle and characteristic bald patch resulting from being tonsured.
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Haircut

(finance) The difference between the value of a loan and the value of its collateral.
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Tonsure

The act of clipping the hair, or of shaving the crown of the head; also, the state of being shorn.
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Haircut

The style in which hair has been cut
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Tonsure

The first ceremony used for devoting a person to the service of God and the church; the first degree of the clericate, given by a bishop, abbot, or cardinal priest, consisting in cutting off the hair from a circular space at the back of the head, with prayers and benedictions; hence, entrance or admission into minor orders.
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Haircut

The act of cutting the hair
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Tonsure

The shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
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Tonsure

Shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
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Tonsure

Shave the head of a newly inducted monk
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