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

Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy

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clerics were sharply divided on the issue of whether the war was morally justified
Recent Examples on the Web That film elicited an apology from Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the Primate of Poland, and prompted at least one cleric to leave priestly life. Washington Post, "Pope moves against Polish bishop accused of hiding predators," 25 June 2020 Khamenei embraced this revolutionary world view and began travelling the country, urging clerics to rouse their congregants. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Twilight of the Iranian Revolution," 18 May 2020 His reign paved the way for the 1979 Iranian Revolution, in which participants invoked the 1953 coup, and the rise of cleric rule. Fox News, "America's involvement in regime changes over the years," 8 May 2020 As usual, these diatribes of jihadi leaders are the product of relentless predicating from radical clerics. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Islamic Terrorists Confronts Coronavirus," 28 Apr. 2020 In Pakistan, where Ramadan starts on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan bowed to pressure from clerics to keep mosques open, while advising worshipers to observe social distancing rules. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "As Ramadan Begins, Muslims (Mostly) Accede to Pandemic Orders," 24 Apr. 2020 The report lists three top-tier candidates: conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi; Sadeq Larijani, a member of the Larijani dynasty; and President Hassan Rouhani. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "We have liftoff: Space Force gets its first cadets from the Air Force Academy as it charts the future of space ops," 17 Apr. 2020 Better to marry young, and swiftly, and leave the matchmaking to a parent, cleric or the Islamic internet. The Economist, "Got an itch? Get hitched Why more Indonesian teens are giving up dating," 2 Apr. 2020 For weeks, officials implored clerics to shut down crowded Shiite shrines to halt the spread of the virus. Nasser Karimi, Anchorage Daily News, "Virus fatalities spike in Iran, with official death toll now at 1,135," 18 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cleric

: a member of the clergy in any religion

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