Origin of cleric
Examples from the Web for cleric
Three years ago, Republican Guard soldiers came into the hills and killed a cleric accused of hosting Jundullah fighters.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1483 the princes were publicly declared illegitimate by a cleric.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coming from the Jordanian cleric, that condemnation is especially powerful.Al Qaeda to ISIS: Get Off My Lawn—The Theological Debate Behind the Caliphate|Jamie Dettmer|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe the cleric can rub his own magic lamp, and ask it to explain the concept known as brain drain.
“The heroes of the Ukrainian nation who gave up their lives in the name of freedom,” a cleric said in English.Ukrainians in U.S. Warn: ‘Mr. Putin, Heroes Do Not Die’|Michael Daly|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Had Bloom and Stephen been baptised, and where and by whom, cleric or layman?Ulysses|James Joyce
Not alone the cleric's good work is upset by him; but the sexton's as well.Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith
The Sirdar sent a peremptory order, without a word of explanation, for that cleric to embark forthwith and return to Cairo.Khartoum Campaign, 1898|Bennet Burleigh
The Sarkas whirled as soft laughter came from Jaska, daughter of Cleric.
The sacrist was also a cleric, but his duties were more generally concerned with the college establishment.The Annals of Willenhall|Frederick William Hackwood
British Dictionary definitions for cleric
Word Origin for cleric
Word Origin and History for cleric
1620s (also in early use as an adjective), from Church Latin clericus "clergyman, priest," noun use of adjective meaning "priestly, belonging to the clerus;" from Ecclesiastical Greek klerikos "pertaining to an inheritance," but in Greek Christian jargon by 2c., "of the clergy, belonging to the clergy," as opposed to the laity; from kleros "a lot, allotment; piece of land; heritage, inheritance," originally "a shard or wood chip used in casting lots," related to klan "to break" (see clastic).
Kleros was used by early Greek Christians for matters relating to ministry, based on Deut. xviii:2 reference to Levites as temple assistants: "Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the Lord is their inheritance," kleros being used as a translation of Hebrew nahalah "inheritance, lot." Or else it is from the use of the word in Acts i:17. A word taken up in English after clerk (n.) shifted to its modern meaning.