Jesuit

noun Je·su·it \ ˈje-zü-ət , -zhü- also -zyü- \

Definition of Jesuit

1 :a member of the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1534 and devoted to missionary and educational work
2 :one given to intrigue or equivocation

jesuitical

play \ˌje-zü-ˈ(w)i-ti-kəl, -zhü-, -zyü-\ or less commonly jesuitic play \ˌje-zü-ˈ(w)i-tik, -zhü-, -zyü-\ adjective, often capitalized usually disparaging

jesuitically

play \ˌje-zü-ˈ(w)i-ti-k(ə-)lē, -zhü-, -zyü-\ adverb, often capitalized

jesuitism

play \ˈje-zü-ə-ˌti-zəm, -zhü-, -zyü-\ or jesuitry play \ˈje-zü-ə-trē, -zhü-, -zyü-\ noun, often capitalized usually disparaging

Origin and Etymology of jesuit

New Latin Jesuita, from Late Latin Jesus


JESUIT Defined for English Language Learners

Jesuit

noun

Definition of Jesuit for English Language Learners

  • : a man who is a member of a religious group called the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus


Learn More about jesuit


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Jesuit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!