priesthood


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priest·hood

 (prēst′ho͝od′)
n.
1. The character, office, or vocation of a priest.
2. The clergy.

priesthood

(ˈpriːstˌhʊd)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the state, order, or office of a priest
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) priests collectively

priest•hood

(ˈprist hʊd)

n.
1. the condition or office of a priest.
2. priests collectively.
[before 900]

Priesthood

 the body of priests, 1400.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.priesthood - the body of ordained religious practitioners
profession - the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread rapidly through the medical profession"; "they formed a community of scientists"
ministry - religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
rabbinate - rabbis collectively
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
Translations
رِجال الكَهْنوت او الأكليروسمَنْصِب الكاهِن أو وَظيفَتُه
duchovenstvokněžský stav
præsteembedepræstegerning
prestastéttprestsembætti
kňazský stav
prästerskap
papazlıkrahiplik

priesthood

[ˈpriːsthʊd] N (= function) → sacerdocio m; (= priests collectively) → clero m
to enter the priesthoodordenarse sacerdote

priesthood

[ˈpriːsthʊd] n
(= position) → prêtrise f
(= time as priest) → prêtrise f
(= members of the clergy) the priesthood → le clergé

priesthood

[ˈpriːstˌhud] n to enter the priesthoodfarsi prete

priest

(priːst) noun
1. (in the Christian Church, especially the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican churches) a clergyman.
2. (feminine ˈpriestess) (in non-Christian religions) an official who performs sacrifices etc to the god(s).
ˈpriesthood noun
1. priests in general. the Anglican priesthood.
2. the office or position of a priest. He was called to the priesthood.
References in classic literature ?
The consequence of this desultory kind of priesthood was, as we have already intimated, a great diversity of opinion on the more abstruse points of faith.
I have heard of many things that redound to the credit of the priesthood, but the most notable matter that occurs to me now is the devotion one of the mendicant orders showed during the prevalence of the cholera last year.
Our telescopes and our mathematical investigations assure us on every hand -- notwithstanding the cant of the more ignorant of the priesthood -- that space, and therefore that bulk, is an important consideration in the eyes of the Almighty.
This charge is sometimes entrusted to one person, as in very small cities: in others it is delegated to many, and these distinct from the priesthood, as the builders or keepers of holy places, and officers of the sacred revenue.
I, whom you behold in these black garments of the priesthood -- I, who ascend the sacred desk, and turn my pale face heavenward, taking upon myself to hold communion in your behalf with the Most High Omniscience -- I, in whose daily life you discern the sanctity of Enoch -- I, whose footsteps, as you suppose, leave a gleam along my earthly track, whereby the Pilgrims that shall come after me may be guided to the regions of the blest -- I, who have laid the hand of baptism upon your children -- I, who have breathed the parting prayer over your dying friends, to whom the Amen sounded faintly from a world which they had quitted -- I, your pastor, whom you so reverence and trust, am utterly a pollution and a lie
His earliest instincts had drawn him toward an ecclesiastical career, but to this life of self-sacrifice he was also desirous of joining a life of danger, by entering the mission of the order of priesthood of which St.
He attacked other, even though he himself sinned against the laws of priesthood.
At the end of the third year he received the tonsure and was ordained to the priesthood by the name of Sergius.
His knowledge of books, however superficial, was sufficient to impress upon their ignorance respect for his supposed learning; and the gravity of his deportment and language, with the high tone which he exerted in setting forth the authority of the church and of the priesthood, impressed them no less with an opinion of his sanctity.
These were searched and sought out through the whole nation, by the prince and his wisest counsellors, among such of the priesthood as were most deservedly distinguished by the sanctity of their lives, and the depth of their erudition; who were indeed the spiritual fathers of the clergy and the people.
Possibly they had some awful form of religion of which that was one of the chief doctrines, sedulously taught by their priesthood, as ours teach the immortality of the soul.
Fortunately, the poet was put to no inconvenience, for Bideaux, the Iron Man with the basilisk eyes, had abandoned his dreams of priesthood and decided to become an actor.