cleric

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

Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy

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Examples of cleric in a Sentence

clerics were sharply divided on the issue of whether the war was morally justified

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Editors, please note: turns out that cleric was wrong. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "How did Nurse Vivian get her name?," 9 July 2019 His departure will make way for a new cleric to team up with police inspector Geordie Keating, played with world-weary charm by PBS favorite Robson Green. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'Grantchester' returns for season 4 on PBS with more murders and a mysterious new vicar," 7 July 2019 Rouhani, still viewed inside Iran as a relatively moderate cleric in the country’s Shiite theocracy, has taken an increasingly hard-line tone in his remarks to the West. Washington Post, "Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’," 5 July 2019 Rouhani, still viewed inside Iran as a relatively moderate cleric in the country's Shiite theocracy, has taken an increasingly hard-line tone in his remarks to the West. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Iran will increase uranium enrichment to ‘any amount that we want,’ president says," 3 July 2019 The investigation was launched by the Vatican last fall after clerics in West Virginia raised concerns about Bransfield's behavior. Anchorage Daily News, "W. Virgnia bishop spent millions on himself and sent cash to priests he was accused of mistreating, Vatican report says," 5 June 2019 The average age of his most visible representatives is plunging by nearly 40 years as younger clerics take over Greek-Orthodox sees in New York, London and Sydney. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019 Joseph diocese in Missouri was the first and only American prelate convicted for his role in aiding a priest, when he was found guilty of failing to report child pornography on a cleric's laptop to authorities. NBC News, "Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations," 11 June 2019 Joseph diocese in Missouri was the first and only American prelate convicted for his role in aiding a priest, when he was found guilty of failing to report child pornography on a cleric's laptop to authorities. Juliet Linderman, Fox News, "Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations," 11 June 2019

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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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cleric

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy in any religion

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