Je·​su·​it ˈje-zü-ət How to pronounce Jesuit (audio) -zhü- How to pronounce Jesuit (audio)
 also  -zyü-
: a member of the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1534 and devoted to missionary and educational work
: one given to intrigue or equivocation
jesuitical adjective
or less commonly jesuitic
ˌje-zü-ˈ(w)i-tik How to pronounce Jesuit (audio)
often capitalized usually disparaging
jesuitically adverb often capitalized
ˈje-zü-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce Jesuit (audio)
or jesuitry
ˈje-zü-ə-trē How to pronounce Jesuit (audio)
often capitalized usually disparaging

Word History


New Latin Jesuita, from Late Latin Jesus

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jesuit was in 1548

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“Jesuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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