- 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.
Origin of priest
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How to use priest in a sentence
But most likely it was linked to the way priests identify with the poor in the face of government and criminal abuses.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder|Jason McGahan|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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
The Vatican says it is doing everything it can to take pedophile priests out of circulation.
I truly believe that most predator priests are out there living alone.
Last year the Vatican admitted that it had defrocked 848 priests between 2004 and 2013, without specifying where they are from.
In 1848 there were only seven priests in Birmingham, and but seventy in the whole diocese.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Besides these, twenty thousand Indians are under the care of secular priests—making a total of two hundred and five thousand.
I think there were more than five thousand persons present, including a thousand priests and a thousand soldiers.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
These scientists have worked miracles before which those of the ancient priests and magicians are mere tricks of hanky-panky.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Accordingly, as soon as they saw our Priests they refused outright to let the ship sail if the Jesuits were to embark in it.
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.)