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
Recent Examples on the Web According to the Turkish government statement after the call, Erdogan also raised concerns about the presence in the United States of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Turkey of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt. Aamer Madhani, Time, "President Biden Recognizes Atrocities Against Armenians as Genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 According to according to the Turkish government statement after the call, Erdogan also raised concerns about the presence in the United States of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Turkey of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden to recognize atrocities against Armenians as genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 According to the Turkish government statement after the call, Mr. Erdogan also raised concerns about the presence in the United States of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Turkey of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt. Aamer Madhani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fulfilling promise, Biden recognizes massacre of Armenians as genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 According to the Turkish government statement after the call, Erdogan also raised concerns about the presence in the United States of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Turkey of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt. Arkansas Online, "Biden recognizes atrocities against Armenians as genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 According to the Turkish government statement after the call, Erdogan also raised concerns about the presence in the United States of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Turkey of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt. chicagotribune.com, "Biden recognizes atrocities against Armenians as genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 In Jerusalem, the Easter service at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was celebrated by Latin Patriarch Pierbattista, the senior Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land. Fox News, "Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter," 4 Apr. 2021 In Jerusalem, the Easter service at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was celebrated by Latin Patriarch Pierbattista, the senior Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "'Global responsibility': Christians mark another pandemic Easter as pope pleads for equity in vaccine rollout," 4 Apr. 2021 One branch, led by a cleric currently in jail for inciting terrorism, has boycotted Israeli politics. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "With Netanyahu's fate on the line, Arab party could hold keys to Israel's next government," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Cleric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleric. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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cleric

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy in any religion

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