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

Other Words from Jesuit

jesuitical \ˌje-zü-ˈ(w)i-ti-kəl, -zhü-, -zyü- \ or less commonly jesuitic \ˌje-zü-ˈ(w)i-tik, -zhü-, -zyü- \ adjective often capitalized usually disparaging
jesuitically \ˌje-zü-ˈ(w)i-ti-k(ə-)lē, -zhü-, -zyü- \ adverb often capitalized
jesuitism \ˈje-zü-ə-ˌti-zəm, -zhü-, -zyü- \ or jesuitry \ˈje-zü-ə-trē, -zhü-, -zyü- \ noun often capitalized usually disparaging

First Known Use of Jesuit

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jesuit

New Latin Jesuita, from Late Latin Jesus

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Jesuit

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English Language Learners Definition of Jesuit

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

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