high priest


: a chief priest especially of the ancient Jewish Levitical priesthood traditionally traced from Aaron
: a priest of the Melchizedek priesthood in the Mormon Church
: the head of a movement or chief exponent of a doctrine or an art
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 Then Stephen Milling, as the high priest Sarastro, saunters along a passerelle with a microphone in his fist, part smooth-sermonizing televangelist, part corporate boss. Vulture, 23 May 2023 Hyde Park became for a few hours not the playground of princes and kings but a true church of rock 'n' roll, its grinning high priests sporting nicknames like Little Steven, The Professor (Roy Bittan on piano), Mighty Max (Weinberg on drums) and of course The Boss himself. USA TODAY, 9 July 2023 For both the executive high priests and the ordinary worshippers of Marvelism, the gnostic gospel of Stanley Martin Lieber amounts to heresy. Abraham Josephine Riesman, Vulture, 22 June 2023 As an act of consecration and setting aside, the anointing of kings was in many ways comparable to the ordination of high priests. Town & Country, 7 May 2023 God tells Moses to speak to Aaron, detailing the laws of the high priest on Yom Kippur (16:2–28). Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2023 Just this month, the French team revealed the results of its investigation, identifying the sarcophagi’s occupants as Antoine de la Porte, an 83-year-old high priest who died in 1710, and an unknown man between the ages of 25 and 40 who likely lived long before de la Porte. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2022 To kick off the wedding weekend, Rei and Matt began with a sunrise blessing ceremony with the high priest at Uluwatu Temple, one of the oldest and holiest Hindu temples on the island. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2023 The king would also be surrounded by high priests on rafts who would throw in gold jewelry as an offering to the gods. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high priest was in the 15th century

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“High priest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20priest. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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