- 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 jesuits
Jesuits are educators known as the intellectuals of the church; they also have a long missionary tradition.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
The family was English Catholic and Alfred, like his brother and sister, was raised in the faith, educated by Jesuits.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“At age 14, Carl was taken in by Jesuits and given the opportunity to earn his way to Georgetown University,” his website says.Gay Republican Runs Against The LGBT Lobby
May 3, 2014
Perhaps I should have disclosed earlier that I was educated by Jesuits and have been a university professor.Of Sin and College: Robert Stone’s ‘Death of a Black-Haired Girl’
November 18, 2013
That was a difficult time for the Society: an entire generation of Jesuits had disappeared.The Pope Confesses Church’s ‘Obsession’ With Gays, Abortion
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 19, 2013
Pierre, hitherto, had never believed in the terrible legend of the Jesuits.
Nevertheless he could not help recalling the extraordinary story of the Jesuits.
And what overwhelming success attends the efforts of the Jesuits!
The Jesuits are for France, because they are for wealth, strength, and courage.
It was carried away, and as they were Jesuits nothing was done.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- 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 jesuits
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).