priest

noun
\ ˈprēst \

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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My recent actions and words were not borne of kindness, but a failure of my vow to serve the Lord and those entrusted to my care as a person and as priest. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Priest Who Called Cops on Black Funeral-Goers Placed on Leave," 4 July 2018 My recent actions and words were not borne of kindness, but a failure of my vow to serve the Lord and those entrusted to my care as a person and as priest. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "D.C.-area Catholic priest placed on leave after throwing mourners out of a Maryland funeral," 3 July 2018 And Ayako’s older sister, Princess Noriko, married a commoner, a Shinto priest, in 2014. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Second Japanese Princess in 2 Years Will Marry a Commoner, Leave Royal Family," 26 June 2018 Arthur Michael Karey died in 1993 at age 74 after serving as a priest in Detroit, Ecorse and Lake Orion over five decades. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Archdiocese: Sex abuse claim against dead priest is credible," 22 June 2018 Born in the town of Carpi in Northern Italy, he was ordained as a priest in 1993, pursued a degree in canon law and then entered the Vatican’s corps of diplomats in 2004, according to the Associated Press. Julie Zauzmer, The Seattle Times, "Former Vatican diplomat to Washington indicted on child porn charge," 9 June 2018 In 1996, 30 years after he was first ordained as a priest, Pell was made archbishop of Melbourne by Pope John Paul II. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Cardinal George Pell to face two trials on historical abuse charges," 1 May 2018 Both have been accused by victims of covering up the crimes of pedophile priest Fernando Karadima. Fox News, "Chilean priest accused of sexually abusing minors arrested," 12 July 2018 Duterte has had a thorny relationship with Catholic bishops, who have criticized his bloody anti-drug crackdown and vulgar language and expressed alarm over the killings of three priests in brazen gun attacks in recent months. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid," 9 July 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 \

Kids Definition of priest

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

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