priesthood

noun
priest·hood | \ˈprēst-ˌhu̇d, ˈprē-ˌstu̇d\

Definition of priesthood 

1 : the office, dignity, or character of a priest

2 : the whole body of priests

3 : elite sense 1 the priesthood of the art world

Examples of priesthood in a Sentence

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My life is going to be very rich and full because of the priesthood. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Pope Francis taps 3 new auxiliary bishops for Chicago Catholic archdiocese," 3 July 2018 Brennan resolved to go to heaven, and the priesthood seemed like a sure way of getting there. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 In 1836, Smith ordained Elijah Abel, a Black man, to the priesthood office of elder. 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 Wellems belonged to the Claretians Roman Catholic order and resigned from the priesthood early last year. Michael Tarm, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-priest who abused child allowed access to Chicago schools," 22 June 2018 For another century, Black Mormons were unable to enjoy full fellowship and the blessings of the priesthood. 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 Unlike women’s ordination, which is forbidden as a matter of church doctrine, the practice of a celibate priesthood in the Latin rite Catholic Church is a discipline that could be changed. Washington Post, "Vatican seeks ‘courageous’ ideas to combat priest shortage," 8 June 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 He was ordained to the priesthood in 1952, named coadjutor bishop of Pereira by Pope Paul VI in 1971, head of the diocese five years later and archbishop of Bucaramanga, in north-central Colombia, in 1992. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Vatican Conservative, Dies at 88," 22 May 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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priesthood

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English Language Learners Definition of priesthood

the priesthood : the job of being a priest

: a group of priests in a particular religion

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