[ jezh-oo-it-i-kuhl, jez-oo-, jez-yoo- ]

  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
  • Also Jes·u·it·ic [jezh-oo-it-ik, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-] /ˌdʒɛʒ uˈɪt ɪk, ˌdʒɛz u-, ˌdʒɛz yu-/ .

Other words from Jesuitical

  • Jes·u·it·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti-Jes·u·it·ic, adjective
  • an·ti-Jes·u·it·i·cal, adjective
  • an·ti-Jes·u·it·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • pro-Jes·u·it·ic, adjective
  • pro-Jes·u·it·i·cal, adjective
  • pro-Jes·u·it·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un-Jes·u·it·ic, adjective
  • un-Jes·u·it·i·cal, adjective
  • un-Jes·u·it·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby Jesuitical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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