cleric

noun
cler·​ic | \ ˈkler-ik How to pronounce cleric (audio) , ˈkle-rik \

Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy

Examples of cleric in a Sentence

clerics were sharply divided on the issue of whether the war was morally justified
Recent Examples on the Web Hossein Taeb, a 59-year-old cleric and chief of intelligence for the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, seemed untouchable. New York Times, 29 June 2022 Hossein Taeb, a 59-year-old cleric and chief of intelligence for the powerful Revolutionary Guard, seemed untouchable. Ronen Bergman, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2022 The 73 lawmakers from powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr’s bloc submitted their resignation based on his request, to protest a persisting political deadlock eight months after general elections were held. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Bishop Lavrentij Mygovich, a white-bearded cleric dressed in a long gray tunic with a wooden cross around his neck, stepped out of the police van and walked to the back of the vehicle containing the coffin. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Bishop Lavrentij Mygovich, a white-bearded cleric dressed in a long gray tunic with a wooden cross around his neck, stepped out of the police van and walked to the back of the vehicle containing the coffin. Isabelle Khurshudyan And Sudarsan Raghavan, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2022 The last time the federal government won convictions alleging seditious conspiracy was in a 1995 case involving Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 The results pave the way for Moqtada al-Sadr -- a firebrand cleric opposed to both Iranian and US influence in Iraq -- to decide the fate of the current prime minister, Mostafa al-Kadhimi, who is backed by the United States. Celine Alkhaldi, Aqeel Najim, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 After the group confronted him with a request to switch signed by the majority of the congregation, a supervising priest from the Moscow patriarchy arrived with the local cleric to remove their property from the building. New York Times, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cleric

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cleric

Late Latin clericus

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8 Aug 2022

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“Cleric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleric. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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