Je·​su·​it | \ ˈje-zü-ət How to pronounce Jesuit (audio) , -zhü- How to pronounce Jesuit (audio) 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 How to pronounce jesuitical (audio) , -​zhü-​ , -​zyü-​ \ or less commonly jesuitic \ ˌje-​zü-​ˈ(w)i-​tik How to pronounce jesuitic (audio) , -​zhü-​ , -​zyü-​ \ adjective, often capitalized usually disparaging
jesuitically \ ˌje-​zü-​ˈ(w)i-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jesuitically (audio) , -​zhü-​ , -​zyü-​ \ adverb, often capitalized
jesuitism \ ˈje-​zü-​ə-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce jesuitism (audio) , -​zhü-​ , -​zyü-​ \ or jesuitry \ ˈje-​zü-​ə-​trē How to pronounce jesuitry (audio) , -​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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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