priest·​hood | \ ˈprēst-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce priesthood (audio) , 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

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Examples of priesthood in a Sentence

an ancient civilization that was ruled by a priesthood What is the influence of the priesthood in today's society?
Recent Examples on the Web Lesousky studied for the priesthood then worked as a social worker before getting his law license, said attorney Scott C. Cox, who worked with him as a federal prosecutor. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Special prosecutors in Breonna Taylor case said to empathize with victims, share clerical roots," 12 Sep. 2020 Father Lombardo was ordained to the priesthood in 1990 by Cardinal John O’Connor in New York and is a founding member of his community, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, according to the release. Laura Rodríguez Presa,, "Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Chicago," 11 Sep. 2020 Molly Roehrig, 63, of Monroe said Rooney's earlier years as a monk prepared him well for priesthood. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Trenton priest was helping a father through grief when boat capsized," 18 Aug. 2020 So he was allowed to use his priesthood publicly again. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This week in Mormon Land: Nelson says ‘hang on,’ ‘Elders’ Biden and Trump seek converts, a new BYU petition emerges," 13 Aug. 2020 So, when is our woke historical revisionist priesthood going to insist on blowing up Mount Rushmore? Trevor J. Mitchell, USA TODAY, "South Dakota tribal leader joins call to remove Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump visit," 30 June 2020 Catholic doctrine reserves the priesthood for men, and church tradition requires Latin rite priests to be celibate. Washington Post, "Eyebrows raised as Swiss bishop taps woman for senior job," 4 June 2020 Knighton wasn't removed from the priesthood, however, until 2011 after a yearslong appeal. CBS News, "Ex-priest accused of abuse seeks back pay from Milwaukee archdiocese," 21 July 2013 To some members of the AI priesthood, that calls for a new approach. Will Knight, Wired, "It's Called Artificial Intelligence—but What Is Intelligence?," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of priesthood

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

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“Priesthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of priesthood

: the job of being a priest
: a group of priests in a particular religion

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