Society of Jesus
See under Jesuit(def 1).
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Definition for society of jesus (2 of 2)
[ jezh-oo-it, jez-oo-, jez-yoo- ]
/ ˈdʒɛʒ u ɪt, ˈdʒɛz u-, ˈdʒɛz yu- /
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
1550–60; < New Latin Jēsuita, equivalent to Latin Jēsu(s) + -ita -ite1
OTHER WORDS FROM Jesuitan·ti-Jes·u·it, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for society of jesus (1 of 2)
/ (ˈdʒɛzjʊɪt) /
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
Derived forms of JesuitJesuitic or Jesuitical, adjectiveJesuitically, adverb
Word Origin for Jesuit
C16: from New Latin Jēsuita, from Late Latin Jēsus + -ita -ite 1
British Dictionary definitions for society of jesus (2 of 2)
Society of Jesus
the religious order of the Jesuits, founded by Ignatius Loyola
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