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starets

[stahr-its, -yits]
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noun, plural star·tsy [stahrt-see] /ˈstɑrt si/. Russian Orthodox Church.
  1. a religious teacher or counselor.
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Origin of starets

1915–20; < Russian stárets elder, derivative of stáryǐ old
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elder, mentor, starets

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Historical Examples

  • All possibility of doubt about anything was silenced by obedience to the starets.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • He wished to refuse but the starets ordered him to accept the appointment.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • He did so, and took leave of the starets and moved to the other monastery.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • As secretary to the Starets, I am able to disclose the actual and most amazing truth.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • The Bishop, a big, over-fed man, had a long chat with the Starets in my presence.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux