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 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 That is made plain by a remarkable column from the man who in the days before Hannity and Breitbart News was often regarded as the high priest of conservative punditry, George Will. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "George Will Calls ‘Repulsive’ Pence Worse Than Trump," 10 May 2018 Yet immediately after the Waffle House killings, the hot takes were launched in media, on Twitter, and the high priests of the left began attacking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Hot-Takes on guns after the Waffle House killings," 24 Apr. 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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