priestly

adjective
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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Other Words from priestly

priestliness noun

Examples of priestly in a Sentence

He is a kind, priestly man. majestically robed in priestly garments
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Rev. Denis Farkasfalvy, who for decades challenged others to grow at Irving’s Cistercian abbey, dies at 83," 21 May 2020 His priestly status proved an asset for the mayors who recruited him to civic service. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "The Rev. Joseph O’Hare, resourceful president of Fordham, 89," 6 Apr. 2020 His priestly status proved an asset for the mayors who recruited him to civic service. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "The Rev. Joseph O’Hare, resourceful president of Fordham, 89," 6 Apr. 2020 His priestly status proved an asset for the mayors who recruited him to civic service. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "The Rev. Joseph O’Hare, Resourceful President of Fordham, Dies at 89," 1 Apr. 2020 His priestly authority was revoked by Nicaragua’s bishops that same year. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, "Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest, poet, revolutionary, at 95," 4 Mar. 2020 And in the highest of priestly callings, Berardelli chose to put others' lives before his own by giving up his ventilator to save the life of a younger person. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Italian priest dies of coronavirus after giving up his ventilator to help others," 24 Mar. 2020 But others left their dioceses and resumed priestly work in Mexico, ProPublica and the Chronicle found. Katie Zavadski, ProPublica, "Dozens of Catholic Priests Credibly Accused of Abuse Found Work Abroad, Some With the Church’s Blessing," 14 Mar. 2020 His priestly authority was revoked by Nicaragua’s bishops that same year. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, "Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest, poet, revolutionary, at 95," 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/priestly. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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priestly

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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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