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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Multi-colored cards, as the name suggests, often overlap with two colors (a vampire cleric would be a good white/black card for example) and requires both color land to play the card. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Many of its creatures are soldiers, clerics, and knights, and its spells focus on increasing the health and the attack of your minions (also known as buffs) or healing them (or yourself) instead. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 The investigations include reports of abuse by bishops, clerics and lay workers. Fox News, "Pope praises Chile bishops for reflecting on their failures," 6 Aug. 2018 Amnesty's Hadid said women's activism is widely seen as part of a wider push for democratic and civil rights in Saudi Arabia, and pointed out the recent crackdown followed last year's sweep of reforming clerics and intellectuals. NBC News, "First Saudi women get driver's licenses amid crackdown on activists," 5 June 2018 Unlike other Shiite clerics and politicians in Iraq, Sadr has distanced himself from Iran and positioned himself as a strong nationalist. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "Former U.S. enemy in Iraq is now potential ally against Iran," 24 May 2018 In 2016, the Vatican committee scrapped a proposal that any senior cleric accused of covering up abuse be subject to an internal tribunal, angering victim advocates. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Scathing report reveals 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests sexually abused over 1,000 children," 19 Oct. 2018 The May 12 elections gave the lead to a coalition led by Shia firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, but a new government has yet to be formed. Marilia Brocchetto, CNN, "Fire breaks out at Baghdad warehouse storing ballot boxes for Iraq's election recount," 10 June 2018 Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose fighters clashed with U.S. troops after Saddam Hussein was driven from power, has recast himself as a bulwark against Iranian influence as Iraqi voters head to the ballot box. NBC News, "Muqtada al-Sadr recasts himself ahead of Iraq elections," 11 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy in any religion

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