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cleric

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noun cler·ic \ˈkler-ik, ˈkle-rik\

Simple Definition of cleric

  • : a member of the clergy in any religion

Full Definition of cleric

  1. :  a member of the clergy

Examples of cleric

  1. <clerics were sharply divided on the issue of whether the war was morally justified>



Origin of cleric

Late Latin clericus


First Known Use: 1621

Rhymes with cleric



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