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

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The high priest of attacking soccer was in Burnley last weekend, clinging to a 1-0 lead, when his faith began to crack. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Stakes Remain High as the Premier League’s Most Chaotic Season Winds Down," 3 May 2019 But on the whole these teenagers were calm amid the provocations and far less incendiary than the adults who taunted them and the progressive high priests who denounced them. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The High School Deplorables," 22 Jan. 2019 The rite ended with the high priest giving the royal cheek the hardest possible slap. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "New Year, Old Regrets," 28 Dec. 2018 Thus, for reasons of governance, not theology or divinely ordained fate, Pilate (not the high priests, who had no such authority) sentenced Jesus to death. Jon Meacham, New York Times, "Jesus Died Only to Rise Again. Where Did the Concept of the Resurrection Come From?," 30 Mar. 2018 If Carmel is a holy site for enthusiasts of fine-art photography, then Taylor is one of its high priests. Wallace Baine, San Francisco Chronicle, "Carmel: How Ansel Adam and Edward Weston saw it," 1 June 2018 Ryan Speedo Green sounded fuller and more opulent as the high priest, Oroe. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: ‘Semiramide’ Returns to the Met, Unglamorous but Excellent," 20 Feb. 2018 Abel advanced in the priesthood, eventually holding the office of high priest. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 The 6-foot-6, gay, black man from the segregated South has reigned as a high priest of fashion for 40 years, from his days at Andy Warhol’s Factory to writing for Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue. Carolyne Zinko, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Stylish Andre Leon Talley documentary needs more substance," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of high priest

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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