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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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 The original narrative comes to us from Leviticus, where on Yom Kippur the high priest would heap the sins of the community on a sacrificial goat, which was then expelled and abandoned to die in the desert, presumably taking the sins with him. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Plays the Scapegoat for Our Facebook Sins," 17 Apr. 2018 One of the mummies Sutro acquired in the 1890s was Nes-Per-N-Nub, a high priest at the Temple of Karnak whose wrapped remains were laid to rest about 4,000 years ago in an intricately painted and incised triple-nesting wood sarcophagus. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF State’s new Global Museum to house Sutro’s Egyptian Collection," 11 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

: 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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