man of the cloth


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man of the cloth

n. pl. men of the cloth
A clergyman.

cler•gy•man

(ˈklɜr dʒi mən)

n., pl. -men.
a member of the clergy.
[1570–80]
usage: See -man.

man of the cloth

- Originally applied to anyone who wore a uniform or livery for work.
See also related terms for uniform.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.man of the cloth - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Churchman of the cloth - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
spiritual leader - a leader in religious or sacred affairs
acolyte - someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
anagnost - a cleric in the minor orders of the Eastern Orthodox Church who reads the lessons aloud in the liturgy (analogous to the lector in the Roman Catholic Church)
archdeacon - (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
chaplain - a clergyman ministering to some institution
churchman, cleric, ecclesiastic, divine - a clergyman or other person in religious orders
curate, minister, minister of religion, parson, pastor, rector - a person authorized to conduct religious worship; "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"
deacon - a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
domine, dominee, dominie, dominus - a clergyman; especially a settled minister or parson
ostiarius, ostiary, doorkeeper - the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church
lector, reader - someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church
officiant - a clergyman who officiates at a religious ceremony or service
ordinand - a person being ordained
ordinary - a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
postulator - (Roman Catholic Church) someone who proposes or pleads for a candidate for beatification or canonization
preacher, preacher man, sermoniser, sermonizer - someone whose occupation is preaching the gospel
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
shepherd - a clergyman who watches over a group of people
subdeacon - a clergyman an order below deacon; one of the Holy Orders in the unreformed western Christian church and the eastern Catholic Churches but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
vicar - (Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish
vicar - (Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
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Recently released, he is turned away from every doorstep, and has no way to support himself--until a merciful man of the cloth uses the priceless silver utensils of his church to offer Valjean a chance for redemption.
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I'm not suggesting that my Holy Mother Church encourages excess - we know its possible ills - but what strikes me is that St Phillip's Cathedral vergers and those sensitive "shocked and upset" worshippers could have handled the situation better by sending a man of the cloth to ask the drunks why they'd dropped in and why they'd tanked-up.
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He said: "He is supposed to be a man of the cloth but he has shown no compassion, no integrity and no humanity.
Happily not the MC's gavel, dangerously proximal as it was, because the man who wielded it - yes, you, the Reverend Michael Whitmore - is, thankfully, a man of the cloth.