priest·​ly | \ ˈprēst-lē How to pronounce priestly (audio) \

Definition of priestly

1 : of or relating to a priest or the priesthood : sacerdotal
2 : characteristic of or befitting a priest

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priestliness noun

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Examples of priestly in a Sentence

He is a kind, priestly man. majestically robed in priestly garments
Recent Examples on the Web Biden is a practicing Catholic, and his election in 2020 spurred the priestly debate. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Dec. 2021 Considering that Moses had been preparing Aaron for seven days to assume the priestly responsibilities, the Torah quite simply states that on the eighth day Aaron’s tenure begins. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 5 Apr. 2021 He was suspended from performing his priestly duties by St. John Paul II for defying the Church by serving as a cabinet minister in the Sandinista government. David Crary, ajc, 31 Dec. 2020 Father Denis, as he was known by generations of students and priestly brothers who yearned simply to live up to his standards, died at Irving Baylor Scott & White Medical Center after contracting COVID-19 in a nursing home. Mike Wilson, Dallas News, 21 May 2020 His priestly status proved an asset for the mayors who recruited him to civic service. Sam Roberts,, 6 Apr. 2020 His priestly status proved an asset for the mayors who recruited him to civic service. Sam Roberts,, 6 Apr. 2020 His priestly status proved an asset for the mayors who recruited him to civic service. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2020 His priestly authority was revoked by Nicaragua’s bishops that same year. Elias E. Lopez,, 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of priestly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Priestly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of priestly

: of or relating to a priest or to priests as a group : like a priest

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