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high priest

n.
1. Judaism The chief priest of the ancient Levitical priesthood. By tradition this office was restricted to men.
2. Mormon Church A priest of the Melchizedek order. By tradition this office is restricted to men.
3. The head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine.

high priesthood n.

high priest

n
1. (Judaism) Judaism the priest of highest rank who alone was permitted to enter the holy of holies of the tabernacle and Temple
2. (Christian Churches, other) Mormon Church a priest of the order of Melchizedek priesthood
3. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the head of a group or cult. Also (feminine): high priestess
high priesthood n

high′ priest′


n.
1. a chief priest.
2. Judaism. (from Aaronic times to about the 1st century A.D.) the priest ranking above all other priests and the only one permitted to enter the holy of holies.
3. a person in a high position of power or influence, esp. one who is revered as a preeminent authority or interpreter: the high priest of modern architecture.
[1350–1400]
high′ priest′hood, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.high priest - a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrinehigh priest - a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine; "he's the high priest of contemporary jazz"
authority - an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
2.high priest - a senior clergyman and dignitaryhigh priest - a senior clergyman and dignitary  
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
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Command my Counselors and the Royal Courtiers to attend me, as well as the High Priest and the Judge.
High Priest Colender, stand on my left and see that no one testifies falsely in this matter.
And when he inquired of the high priest who should first profane the altars and temples of their idols with the enclosures that were about them, Coifi answered,
For it was not lawful before for the high priest either to carry arms or to ride upon any but a mare.
These, then, are the four sorts of kingdoms : the first is that of the heroic times; which was a government over a free people, with its rights in some particulars marked out; for the king was their general, their judge, and their high priest.
It chanced that Agno, chief of the devil devil doctors, or high priest, heard the tale, and recollected that he had sent Jerry to the canoe house along with the rest of the captives.
Lo, here stand the Lord and Lady of the May, whom I, a clerk of Oxford, and high priest of Merry Mount, am presently to join in holy matrimony.
As he spoke he looked straight at Matai Shang, not as a devotee should look at a high priest, but as a ruler of men looks at one to whom he issues a command.
Nay, the high priests of this worship had the man before them as a protest against their meanness.
In the Hebrew of the Old Testament, the high priest was called hakkohen haggadol (Leviticus 21: 10; Numbers 35: 25) or, in more common language, kohen hard's (2 Kings 25: 18; 2 Chronicles 19: 11; Ezra 7: 5).
The 81-year-old high priest with a white turban and white beard chatted about Islam and the Samaritan religion as his Palestinian employees held up their phones to photograph the concentric circles of pomegranates and greenish-yellow lemons accented by a stripe of citrons (etrogs), a fruit associated with the holiday.
Since the breastplate was designated "of judgment," the implication is that they somehow allowed the High Priest to determine the decision of the Lord regarding certain important communal matters.