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 Born into a family with dozens of children led by a prominent Muslim cleric in Johor, Malaysia’s second-most populous state bordering Singapore, Muhyiddin had to learn from a young age how to build alliances and stand out from the pack. Philip Heijmans, Bloomberg.com, "After Toppling Mahathir, Malaysia’s Newest Leader Needs Allies," 10 May 2020 Inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the chanting of a small group of clerics echoed faintly through the heavy wooden doors, as a few people stopped and kneeled outside to pray. Joseph Krauss And Elana Schor, Houston Chronicle, "Christians observe Good Friday in isolation," 10 Apr. 2020 In December, the Post reported that over nearly two decades McCarrick sent more than $600,000 from the ‘‘Archbishop’s Special Fund’’ to senior clerics in Rome and elsewhere, including Vatican bureaucrats, papal advisers, and two popes. Robert O’harrow Jr., BostonGlobe.com, "Cardinal McCarrick secretly gave nearly $1 million to group led by cleric accused of sexual misconduct," 17 Feb. 2020 At midday Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the head Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli army checkpoint from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where he was greeted by prominent members of Bethlehem's Christian community. USA TODAY, "Thousands flock to West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas," 25 Dec. 2019 At midday Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the head Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli army checkpoint from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where he was greeted by prominent members of Bethlehem's Christian community. Arkansas Online, "Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem," 24 Dec. 2019 The attack was sparked by Saudi Arabia’s execution—by beheading—of a popular Shiite cleric. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Hostage Drama in Iran Drags On—Forty Years Later," 4 Nov. 2019 Rumors were circulating in the 1530s that Nicolaus Copernicus, a cathedral cleric in a small Polish city, had written a revolutionary theory on the cosmos. National Geographic, "Copernicus's revolutionary ideas reorganized the heavens," 9 Apr. 2019 Baptisms may be celebrated but only with the parents, godparents, and one cleric present. al, "Mobile’s Catholic archbishop calls halt to services," 17 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleric. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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cleric

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English Language Learners Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy in any religion

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