churchman

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

Definition of churchman

2 : a member of a church

Examples of churchman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals," 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, "Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 like-minded cardinals - The Boston Globe," 6 Oct. 2019 Finally, after eight days, they were rescued by a churchman who drove them to Texas. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "In New Orleans, Life Is at Full Blast," 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, "Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals," 6 Oct. 2019 Wealthy Catholics are putting money behind initiatives to discredit Francis’ allies with the goal of electing a conservative, doctrine-minded churchman as the next pope. Washington Post, "Pope on critics: It’s ‘an honor if the Americans attack me’," 5 Sep. 2019 The ceremony to formally give the churchmen the red cardinal hat will be held on Oct. 5 at the Vatican. Washington Post, "Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 2 who help migrants," 1 Sep. 2019 In order to shame churchmen and laypeople alike into being less focused on wealth and luxury, moralists mobilized all the rhetorical weapons at their disposal. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 Frozen with dread, the churchmen heard how a cocky Niemöller had promised that everything would be fine. Doris Bergen, WSJ, "‘Then They Came for Me’ Review: Germany’s Tortured Conscience," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of churchman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Churchman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/churchmen. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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churchman

noun
How to pronounce churchman (audio)

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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