churchman

noun
church·​man | \ ˈchərch-mən How to pronounce churchman (audio) \

Definition of churchman

1 : clergyman
2 : a member of a church

Examples of churchman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Discouraging public worship, warned Metropolitan Longin, a senior churchman in Saratov, a region in southwestern Russia, only revived painful memories of Soviet-era repression. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 5 May 2020 Between the protesters, the churchmen, and the legislature, Samaritan’s Purse has been under unceasing attack from people who cannot abide the thought that the moral tradition of some religious group does not affirm a particular set of behaviors. John Hirschauer, National Review, 20 Apr. 2020 Among the prelates gathered for his speech in Bari’s Pontifical Basilica of St. Nicholas were churchmen from the Balkans, Jerusalem and Algeria. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2020 Francis presided over the ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica, elevating churchmen who share his pastoral concerns at a time when his pontificate is under fire from conservatives within the College of Cardinals itself. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2019 These are churchmen who care for migrants, promote dialogue with Muslims and minister to the faithful in poor, far-flung missionary posts. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2019 These are churchmen who care for migrants, promote dialogue with Muslims, and minister to the faithful in poor, far-flung missionary posts. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2019 Finally, after eight days, they were rescued by a churchman who drove them to Texas. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Oct. 2019 Francis presided over the ceremony Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica, elevating churchmen who share his pastoral concerns at a time when his pontificate is under fire from conservatives within the College of Cardinals itself. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of churchman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Churchman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/churchman. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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churchman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of churchman

: a man who is a priest, minister, etc.
: a man who is a member of a church

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