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cler·ic

 (klĕr′ĭk)
n.
A member of the clergy.

[Late Latin clēricus; see clerk.]

cleric

(ˈklɛrɪk)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of the clergy
[C17: from Church Latin clēricus priest, clerk]

cler•ic

(ˈklɛr ɪk)

n.
1. a member of the clergy.
2. clerics, (used with a pl. v.) small-sized reading glasses, usu. rimless or with a thin metal frame.
adj.
3. pertaining to the clergy; clerical.
[1615–25; < Late Latin clēricus priest < Greek klērikós=klêr(os) lot, allotment + -ikos -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cleric - a clergyman or other person in religious orderscleric - a clergyman or other person in religious orders
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
ordainer - a cleric who ordains; a cleric who admits someone to holy orders
pardoner - a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences
pluralist - a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time

cleric

noun
A person ordained for service in a Christian church:
Informal: reverend.
Translations
pappi

cleric

[ˈklerɪk] Neclesiástico m, clérigo m

cleric

[ˈklɛrɪk] necclésiastique m

cleric

nGeistliche(r) m

cleric

[ˈklɛrɪk] necclesiastico
References in classic literature ?
Angel's wife felt almost as if she had been hounded up that hill like a scorned thing by those--to her--superfine clerics.
It was originally intended for the sons of poor and deserving clerics and laics, but many of the noble governors of the Institution, with an enlarged and rather capricious benevolence, selected all sorts of objects for their bounty.
Gaston Cleric had arrived in Lincoln only a few weeks earlier than I, to begin his work as head of the Latin Department.
Gaston Cleric introduced me to the world of ideas; when one first enters that world everything else fades for a time, and all that went before is as if it had not been.
Cleric had ordered it for me when he was sending for books from abroad.
I believe that Gaston Cleric narrowly missed being a great poet, and I have sometimes thought that his bursts of imaginative talk were fatal to his poetic gift.
Cleric went through canto after canto of the `Commedia,' repeating the discourse between Dante and his `sweet teacher,' while his cigarette burned itself out unheeded between his long fingers.
While I was in the very act of yearning toward the new forms that Cleric brought up before me, my mind plunged away from me, and I suddenly found myself thinking of the places and people of my own infinitesimal past.
A bishop, my friend, must sacrifice more to appearance than a simple cleric.
This young James Todhunter," continued the cleric, "is a very decent man so far as I know; but then nobody knows very much.
whom is that learned and ingenius cleric, Father Gassalasca Jape,
In his impatience he lost the equally elaborate answer of the tall cleric, and when he listened again it was again Father Brown who was speaking: