high priest

noun

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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high priesthood noun

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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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Rapper/actor and the high priest of 4/20 Snoop Dogg was awarded the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Sunday night at the BET Awards. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Yes, Snoop won the gospel category at the BET Awards," 23 June 2019 In a separate project, experts uncovered the 2,500-year-old remains of a powerful high priest in dramatic fashion. Fox News, "Ancient Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II reveals its secrets," 15 June 2019 But, there are plenty of fashion gods — high priests and priestesses — who disagree with me. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Sandal season: Scratchy thong solution and the truth about summer stockings," 6 June 2019 As a reward for his service, Aaron was anointed as Israel’s first high priest, while his tribe of the Levi was chosen for priestly service (Exodus 28–29). National Geographic, "Why Moses’s brother worshipped a golden calf," 3 May 2019 The human mind is too fertile to be tamed by high priests of various kinds—in the parties, media and the corporations—trying to enforce yesterday’s tired orthodoxies. The Economist, "The centre cannot hold - the failure of Change UK and the atrophying of political thought," 19 June 2019 The high priests of culture — in media and entertainment — are in lockstep with her. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker cheered as he signs abortion bill, but what is the cost?," 13 June 2019 But instead, Jesus was taken directly to the Jerusalem residence of the high priest Joseph Caiaphas. National Geographic, "Meet the high priest behind Jesus's rushed and rigged trial," 19 Apr. 2019 Among the brilliant theorists cloistered in the quiet woodside campus of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, Edward Witten stands out as a kind of high priest. Quanta Magazine, "A Physicist’s Physicist Ponders the Nature of Reality," 28 Nov. 2017

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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

noun

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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