adjective, priest·li·er, priest·li·est.
Examples from the Web for priestly
The website Bishop Accountability keeps some of the most extensive records on allegations of priestly abuse available.
Priestly celibacy, obviously: you'll naturally attract people who can't act on their sexual desires in public.Sex Abuse Scandals at Horace Mann: What Do They Tell Us About Private School?|Megan McArdle|March 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The study also cites a reluctance among some sisters to embrace the “reservation of priestly ordination to men.”Former Nun Mary Johnson Criticizes Vatican Crackdown on U.S. Sisters|Abigail Pesta|April 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the name Cohen is reserved for the priestly caste descended directly from the biblical Aaron.
The priestly dinner scene is brighter: they eat their meat, roar with laughter, drink their beer.
Hans read an article against the priestly party or clericals, and the piece was severely radical.
He was a great hero, faithful to a great cause, as he regarded it, however averse this age may justly be to priestly domination.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
This was the first time in all my service to the church that I had asked anything of the priestly "fathers."The Demands of Rome|Elizabeth Schoffen
But he broke the chains which bound him, and killed Busiris and his son and the priestly herald.Myths and Legends of All Nations|Various
Because the priests are afraid that strangers would come who might undermine our religion, and with it the priestly income.The Pharaoh and the Priest|Alexander Glovatski