fri·​ar | \ ˈfrī(-ə)r How to pronounce friar (audio) \

Definition of friar

: a member of a mendicant order

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In this sense the bishop may resemble the hapless Johann Tetzel, a 16th century German Dominican friar whose name has become synonymous with the corrupt sale of indulgences. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "When the Cardinal Sins," 30 July 2018 The friars were inspired to change the land’s use after Pope Francis wrote a letter in 2015 calling for action to combat climate change and pollution. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018 In 2013, an Ohio diocese settled with 11 men over allegations of abuse by a local Franciscan friar, Stephen Baker. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "New Catholic sex abuse allegations show how long justice can take in a 16-year scandal," 24 Aug. 2018 Founded in 2009, the institute is devoted to the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th Century Dominican friar associated with natural law, a moral philosophy that undergirds much of contemporary conservative legal thought. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Speech to Catholic Group Closed to the Media," 18 Oct. 2018 After a few minutes, the friars said goodbye to go greet more souls. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 Abbots, friars and monks who refused to acknowledge the royal supremacy were hanged. Allan Massie, WSJ, "‘Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life’ Review: The King’s Fixer," 2 Nov. 2018 That letter was copied and circulated widely (a common practice in the 1600s), and a copy found its way into the hands of a tattle-tale Dominican friar named Niccolò Lorini. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018 That settlement, in turn, triggered more allegations that the friar had abused boys at a Pennsylvania Catholic school in Cambria County in the late 1990’s. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "New Catholic sex abuse allegations show how long justice can take in a 16-year scandal," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of friar

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for friar

Middle English frere, fryer, from Anglo-French frere, friere, fraire literally, brother, from Latin fratr-, frater — more at brother

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English Language Learners Definition of friar

: a member of a men's Roman Catholic group who is poor and studies or teaches about Christianity


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Kids Definition of friar

: a member of a Roman Catholic religious order for men

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