- a person ordained to the sacerdotal or pastoral office; a member of the clergy; minister.
- (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clergy of the order next below that of bishop, authorized to carry out the Christian ministry.
verb (used with object)
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Example sentences from the Web for priest
Priests often preach support for the regime to their congregations, many of whom loudly dissent.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last year the Vatican admitted that it had defrocked 848 priests between 2004 and 2013, without specifying where they are from.
This was after ten years in France when priests and nuns were killed and alters were being desecrated.
The priests conclude that there is common ground on even the most contentious topics that pit science versus spirituality.Pope Francis Asked ‘Would You Baptize an Alien?’ Here’s the Answer.|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not even the support groups of those abused by priests had the bishop on their priority hit list.Is the Pope Finally Getting Serious About The Church’s Sex Scandals?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some priests were associated with him as coadjutors; but he himself was a layman.The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete|Friedrich Schiller
The priests of Serapis are for the most part Greeks, and the high-priest is a Hellene.The Sisters, Complete|Georg Ebers
Avice ran to the door, and opened it, to find two priests standing on the threshold.Our Little Lady|Emily Sarah Holt
The priests that resided at Great Harrowden were at that time mainly Jesuits.The Gunpowder Plot and Lord Mounteagle's Letter|Henry Hawkes Spink Jr.
The thousands who are responding to that call are the priests of today and the prophets of tomorrow.Religion and the War|Various
British Dictionary definitions for priest
Other words from priestRelated adjective: hieratic
Derived forms of priestpriestlike, adjective
Word Origin for priest
Cultural definitions for priest
One who is designated an authority on religious matters. In some churches, especially the Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church, the ordained church leader who serves a congregation of believers is called a priest. The priests in these churches administer the sacraments, preach, and care for the needs of their congregations. (See also minister and pastor.)