priest

noun
\ ˈprēst How to pronounce priest (audio) \

Definition of priest

: one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God specifically : an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking below a bishop and above a deacon

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Examples of priest in a Sentence

He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. searched for a priest who could perform an exorcism

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Religious superstition and a malleable view of Christianity (which mostly just enabled a continuing terror of any outsiders) reigned, despite the fact that the lower classes of priests were also illiterate, and therefore could not read the Bible. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 2019 Hundreds of Catholic women priests are quietly leading their own progressive parishes—despite denouncements from the Vatican. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Perrault, a one-time pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Albuquerque, is one of many priests sent to New Mexico in the 1960s from around the country for treatment involving pedophilia. Fox News, "Priest who fled America blamed sex abuse on cancer he didn't have, officials say," 26 Sep. 2018 One of the priests noticed, too, though in the video, none of the three administering the service said anything or tried to return Leonore to her seat. PEOPLE.com, "See How Princess Leonore, 4, Shakes Things Up When She Gets Bored at Her Sister's Christening," 13 June 2018 Thankfully, some 500 firefighters—and even one priest—worked to prevent that worst-case scenario, and much of the structure remains standing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Was Lost in the Notre-Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 That apparently brings the number of credibly accused priests in Louisiana to 185. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Accused priest list from diocese where abuse 1st made public," 12 Apr. 2019 Anyone who believes they were abused by Karey or another priest is asked to contact the archdiocese's Victim Assistance Coordinator at 866-343-8055 or vac@aod.org. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Archdiocese: Sex abuse claim against dead priest is credible," 22 June 2018 The first was a priest in Springfield county who developed this excruciating toothache. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of priest

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for priest

Middle English preist, from Old English prēost, ultimately from Late Latin presbyter — more at presbyter

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priest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of priest

: a person who has the authority to lead or perform ceremonies in some religions and especially in some Christian religions

priest

noun
\ ˈprēst How to pronounce priest (audio) \

Kids Definition of priest

: a person who has the authority to lead or perform religious ceremonies

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