superior general


plural superiors general
: the superior of a religious order or congregation

Examples of superior general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sister Rita Michelle Proctor is superior general of the Sisters of Oblate Providence, which claims about 80 members in three U.S. cities and two cities in Costa Rica. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 22 June 2023 At October’s assembly, there will also be five women and five men who are non-bishops elected by their respective bodies representing Catholic leaders called superiors general. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023 Graham acknowledges all of this is up to his successor at Xavier, his Jesuit provincial superior in Chicago and Arturo Sosa, the superior general of the Society of Jesus who is in Rome. Michael Perry,, 4 Mar. 2020 Sister Sally Hodgdon, the superior general of the Sisters of St. John of Chambery and the No. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, 15 Oct. 2018 The superior general of the Jesuits gave the collection to Pope Benedict XV in 1921. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superior general was in 1774

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“Superior general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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