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Jesuitical

or Jesuitic

[jezh-oo-it-i-kuh l or jezh-oo-it-ik; jez-oo-, jez-yoo-] /ˌdʒɛʒ uˈɪt ɪ kəl or ˌdʒɛʒ uˈɪt ɪk; ˌdʒɛz u-, ˌdʒɛz yu-/
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
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; Jesuit + -ical
Related forms
Jesuitically, adverb
anti-Jesuitic, adjective
anti-Jesuitical, adjective
anti-Jesuitically, adverb
un-Jesuitic, adjective
un-Jesuitical, adjective
un-Jesuitically, adverb
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