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Jesuitical

or Jes·u·it·ic

[jezh-oo-it-i-kuh l or jezh-oo-it-ik; jez-oo-, jez-yoo-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Jesuits or Jesuitism.
  2. (often lowercase) practicing casuistry or equivocation; using subtle or oversubtle reasoning; crafty; sly; intriguing.

Origin of Jesuitical

First recorded in 1590–1600; Jesuit + -ical
Related formsJes·u·it·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti-Jes·u·it·ic, adjectivean·ti-Jes·u·it·i·cal, adjectivean·ti-Jes·u·it·i·cal·ly, adverbun-Jes·u·it·ic, adjectiveun-Jes·u·it·i·cal, adjectiveun-Jes·u·it·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for jesuitic

Historical Examples

  • She studied the friendly, Jesuitic wrinkles in his face, by virtue of which he managed to conceal his real thoughts.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • The police, under Jesuitic influence, at length seized on the plates in the cabinet of the fair artist.

  • In truth, it is always impossible to decide on the latent meaning of the Jesuitic pen.

  • This verdict displayed the Jesuitic character of Russian politics.

  • Who are they that, carping and quarrelling, in their jesuitic most moderate way, seek to shackle the Patriotic movement?

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle


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