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starets

[ stahr-its, -yits ]
/ ˈstɑr ɪts, -yɪts /
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noun, plural star·tsy [stahrt-see]. /ˈstɑrt si/. Russian Orthodox Church.
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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