Definition of clergy
1 : a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church Members of the clergy have been invited to participate in an interfaith service.
2 : the official or sacerdotal class of a non-Christian religion Buddhist clergy
Examples of clergy in a Sentence
Local clergy have been invited to participate in an interfaith service.
a member of the clergy
Recent Examples of clergy from the Web
A tribunal set up to compensate victims of clergy abuse approved the payment.
News of widespread clergy abuse in Boston spread quickly in 2002, igniting scandals in dozens of cities, including Cincinnati and Dayton.
The projects break down into two broad categories: those that the firm is paid to devise — for instance, with the Catholic Church clergy-abuse cases — and those done pro bono.
The drainage charge decrease comes months after hundreds of clergy members gathered to decry the rates.
The push for the declaration came from younger and minority clergy.
The thinking was that clergy in those faith groups might have more direct power or influence in people’s lives, while congregants in liberal denominations wouldn’t necessarily follow their pastor or rabbi’s every word.
Thanks to the clergy’s vows of poverty, for instance, Chimay’s profits must be donated to charity.
Deacons in the United Methodist Church are ordained clergy who lead the church through preaching and leading ministries.
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Origin and Etymology of clergy
Middle English clergie, from Anglo-French, from clerc clergyman
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
CLERGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clergy for English Language Learners
: people (such as priests) who are the leaders of a religion and who perform religious services
CLERGY Defined for Kids
Definition of clergy for Students
: the group of religious officials (as priests, ministers, and rabbis) specially prepared and authorized to lead religious services
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