cler·​gy·​man | \ ˈklər-jē-mən How to pronounce clergyman (audio) \

Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy

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The World Heritage Site is also the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the senior clergyman in the Church of England. James Rogers, Fox News, "Extremely rare medieval bible that 'bears witness' to Christian history re-discovered," 6 Aug. 2018 Blocking prayer in school: In 1992, George H.W. Bush sought to galvanize the religious right by seizing on a case involving a clergyman who delivered an invocation and benediction at a public junior high school graduation ceremony in Rhode Island. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 The Pennsylvania attorney general’s report detailed the abuse of more than 1,000 children by Catholic clergymen in the state, including in Pittsburgh, where Cardinal Wuerl served as bishop before coming to Washington in 2006. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "District of Columbia Opens Probe Into Washington Archdiocese," 23 Oct. 2018 To manage the situation, Hitler summoned a dozen prominent clergymen to his presence. Doris Bergen, WSJ, "‘Then They Came for Me’ Review: Germany’s Tortured Conscience," 7 Dec. 2018 To be sure, the new church’s path is fraught with obstacles: Russia has opposed its creation, and the Ukrainian church will face a battle to attract clergymen and congregations from the Moscow Patriarchate. James Marson, WSJ, "New Ukrainian Church Marks a Victory for President, Setback for Moscow," 16 Dec. 2018 It has been challenged, but rebuffed, in American courtrooms, where all states and the District of Columbia protect most communications between a clergyman and a churchgoer. Adam Baidawi, New York Times, "Archbishop Philip Wilson Is Sentenced for Sexual Abuse Cover-Up in Australia," 2 July 2018 And like Sabrina, whose father was the High Priest in the Church of Night, my father is a clergyman, a Reform Rabbi. Gabriela Herstik, Glamour, "I'm a Modern Witch, and I Love Chilling Adventures of Sabrina So Much," 26 Oct. 2018 The American clergyman who preached about the power of love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Fox News, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding bishop undergoes surgery for prostate cancer," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of clergyman

1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clergyman

: a man who is a member of the clergy especially in a Christian church


cler·​gy·​man | \ ˈklər-ji-mən How to pronounce clergyman (audio) \
plural clergymen\ -​mən \

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: a member of the clergy

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