high priest


Definition of high priest

1 : a chief priest especially of the ancient Jewish Levitical priesthood traditionally traced from Aaron
2 : a priest of the Melchizedek priesthood in the Mormon Church
3 : the head of a movement or chief exponent of a doctrine or an art

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Other Words from high priest

high priesthood noun

Examples of high priest in a Sentence

the high priest of tax relief for the state's property owners as the high priest of nouvelle cuisine, he was enormously influential in the food world
Recent Examples on the Web There are very few, though, who can justifiably claim to have had a greater impact on the game than the man widely regarded as the high priest of pressing. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Oracle Is Speaking Again. Who Will Listen This Time?," 8 Dec. 2020 Among the highlights, Hamilton, a lifelong Catholic, notes that years later his son would convert to Mormonism and rise to a high priest. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This week in Mormon Land: A prophet’s promo; a Black protester’s new partnership; an age-old translation question.," 19 Nov. 2020 The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah contained several Cities of Refuge, which were permitted to take in men who had killed by accident, who might later return home from exile following the death of the high priest in Jerusalem. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Revival of Church Sanctuary," 3 Nov. 2020 Vestals accused of breaking that oath were judged by the high priest of Rome. Joanne M. Pierce, The Conversation, "The history of oath ceremonies and why they matter when taking office," 19 Oct. 2020 Rafael Nadal, the high priest of hitting the ball incredibly hard all of the time, is among those who have called the move downright disrespectful. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Easiest, Riskiest, Most Controversial Shot in Tennis," 30 Sep. 2020 Trump, reality notwithstanding, is the high priest of this ideology. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "The Condoms of the Face: Why Some Men Refuse to Wear Masks," 29 June 2020 One high priest of Democratic establishment politics, Dan Pfeiffer, a former communications director for President Barack Obama's White House, contends that Trump is effectively a political paper tiger. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "After 2016 shock, Democrats scared of their own shadow in facing Trump," 29 Apr. 2020 Waziri said the tombs likely belonged to the high priests of Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of writing and wisdom, among other senior officials. Fox News, "High priests’ tombs discovered in Egypt," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of high priest

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“High priest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20priest. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of high priest

informal : a person (especially a man) who is a leader in a particular profession, subject, etc.
: an important priest in some religions

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