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: of or relating to a priest or the priesthood : sacerdotal
: characteristic of or befitting a priest
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clerical, clerkly, ministerial, pastoral, sacerdotal
lay, nonclerical, secular, temporal
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: of or relating to a priest or to priests as a group : like a priest
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a private place of worship
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