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

Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy

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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 The protests of the two clergymen at the event exemplify the increasingly visible role that the religious left, including both mainline Protestants and some evangelicals, are playing under the Trump administration. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "They told him “you are wounding the body of Christ” by failing to care for marginalized.," 29 Oct. 2018 Kiev supporters said their rivals were busing in street fighters dressed as clergymen; the Moscow arm said its opponents were bolstered by nationalist groups. James Marson, WSJ, "Ukraine Churchgoers Gain Powerful Ally in Challenge to Moscow," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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