or Jes·u·it·ic

[jezh-oo-it-i-kuh l or jezh-oo-it-ik; jez-oo-, jez-yoo-]


of or relating to Jesuits or Jesuitism.
(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • And have you forgotten that sleepwalking affair—all Jesuitical!

  • “That depends on circumstances,” returned the Rabbi in Jesuitical wise.

    One Snowy Night

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "A mere Jesuitical distinction," said Freeborn with emotion.

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

  • The system of casuistry was one not solely of Jesuitical invention.


    John Tulloch

  • He told me of your hellish machinations; your Jesuitical plots; your schemes.


    William Harrison Ainsworth