- a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (Society of Jesus) founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534.
- (often lowercase) a crafty, intriguing, or equivocating person: so called in allusion to the methods ascribed to the order by its opponents.
- of or relating to Jesuits or Jesuitism.
Origin of Jesuit
Examples from the Web for jesuit
At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
“We get to live and work with a group of Jesuit scientists who take both science and faith very seriously,” he writes.Pope Francis Asked ‘Would You Baptize an Alien?’ Here’s the Answer.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 26, 2014
One of those was a Jesuit, like the pope, named Rutilio Grande.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint
August 24, 2014
Francis told reporters that he has not had a true vacation since 1975 when he went to Buenos Aires with the Jesuit community.Will There Soon Be Three Living Popes?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 19, 2014
Never lose the palpable faith in human progress that is the greatest gift of a Jesuit education from Holy Cross.Read Jon Favreau’s Full Commencement Address to College of the Holy Cross
May 27, 2014
One, a young Jesuit who had been in England, was delighted to practise his English.The Roof of France
There was a short silence, and then the Jesuit spoke—sharply and suddenly.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
The Jesuit influence at Rome had procured the condemnation of the book.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He says that he had been assured, another Jesuit had met with a Floridian woman in China.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
He is a Jesuit by his garb; he is much more so than they are by his 'savoir-vivre'.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
- a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (the Society of Jesus) founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola in 1534 with the aims of defending the papacy and Catholicism against the Reformation and to undertake missionary work among the heathen
- (sometimes not capital) informal, offensive a person given to subtle and equivocating arguments; casuist
Word Origin and History for jesuit
1540s, from Modern Latin Jesuita, member of the Society of Jesus, founded 1533 by Ignatius Loyola to combat Protestantism. Their enemies (in both Catholic and Protestant lands) accused them of belief that ends justify means, hence the sense "a dissembling person" (1630s), and jesuitical "deceitful" (1610s).