adjective, priest·li·er, priest·li·est.
Related formspriest·li·ness, nounnon·priest·ly, adjectivepseu·do·priest·ly, adjectiveun·priest·ly, adjective
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