cleric

noun
cler·ic | \ˈkler-ik, 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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By 2009 Yusuf’s men were attacking the police and army, and killing clerics who disagreed with his interpretation of Islam. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Another cleric said the pending report would unfairly reveal his private psychiatric assessments and treatment plans. Nathaniel Lash, Philly.com, "Filings disclose new details on grand jury clergy abuse probe," 10 July 2018 At the time, his Flynn Intel Group embarked on a project aimed at discrediting Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is living in Pennsylvania. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Mike Flynn’s Lawyers Say He Is No Longer Joining Consulting Firm," 10 July 2018 Francis has insisted top clerics be held responsible for failing to crack down on pedophile clergy. Rod Mcguirk, chicagotribune.com, "Australian bishop sentenced to year's detention for cover-up," 2 July 2018 Francis has insisted top clerics be held responsible for failing to crack down on pedophile clergy. Rod Mcguirk, USA TODAY, "Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for child sex abuse cover-up," 2 July 2018 Since King Salman announced that women would be allowed to drive, Saudi clerics have changed their tone. Aya Batrawy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Saudi Arabia’s 'driving ban' is finally lifted," 25 June 2018 In other decrees, King Salman renamed several natural reserves after deceased Saudi clerics and royal family members from the first Saudi state of the early 19th century. Washington Post, "‘Salvator Mundi’ buyer named new Saudi Culture Minister," 4 June 2018 In other decrees, King Salman renamed several natural reserves after deceased Saudi clerics and royal family members from the first Saudi state of the early 19th century. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "‘Salvator Mundi’ buyer named new Saudi Culture Minister," 2 June 2018

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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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