seminarian

noun
sem·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌse-mə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce seminarian (audio) \

Definition of seminarian

: a student in a seminary especially of the Roman Catholic Church

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The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Accuser denounces pope's silence over abuse cover-up claims," 28 Sep. 2018 In 1974, the younger Brown—a former Jesuit seminarian—was elected as the youngest governor of the 20th century, at just 36. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "The Mixed Ledger of Jerry Brown," 14 Dec. 2018 The archdiocese of New Jersey settled with two alleged adult victims, who were both seminarians under his tutelage. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public," 29 July 2018 The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Accuser denounces pope's silence over abuse cover-up claims," 28 Sep. 2018 On its own, the tale is sick and tawdry and sadly familiar: A priest who molests boys becomes a bishop who takes advantage of seminarians and who then goes on to be awarded a cardinal’s hat by a hierarchy looking the other way. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "When the Cardinal Sins," 30 July 2018 Last month, a former Vatican official, Carlo Maria Viganò, accused Francis of overturning sanctions taken against McCarrick by Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, despite knowing of accusations that McCarrick abused seminarians. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Pope Francis to meet with top US cardinals over DC archbishop’s legacy of sex abuse allegations," 12 Sep. 2018 The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope to meet US bishops Thursday over abuse scandal," 11 Sep. 2018 McCarrick said as young Haitian seminarians were shown milling about. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope’s alleged cover-up pivots on when, if sanctions imposed," 28 Aug. 2018

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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seminarian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seminarian

: someone who is studying at a seminary

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