priestly


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priest·ly

 (prēst′lē)
adj. priest·li·er, priest·li·est
1. Of or relating to a priest or the priesthood.
2. Characteristic of or suitable for a priest.

priest′li·ness n.

priestly

(ˈpriːstlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
(Ecclesiastical Terms) of, relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a priest
ˈpriestliness n

priest•ly

(ˈprist li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. of or pertaining to a priest; sacerdotal.
2. characteristic of or befitting a priest.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.priestly - associated with the priesthood or priests; "priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments"; "hieratic gestures"
2.priestly - befitting or characteristic of a priest or the priesthood; "priestly dedication to the people of his parish"
unpriestly - not priestly; unbefitting a priest; "unpriestly behavior"

priestly

Translations

priestly

[ˈpriːstlɪ] ADJsacerdotal

priestly

adjpriesterlich; priestly robesPriestergewand nt

priestly

[ˈpriːstlɪ] adjsacerdotale
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes, as in the charming little book we wish now to introduce, unclerical human nature occupies the foreground almost exclusively; though priestly faces will still be found gazing upon us from time to time.
Finally when the number of the sides becomes so numerous, and the sides themselves so small, that the figure cannot be distinguished from a circle, he is included in the Circular or Priestly order; and this is the highest class of all.
Through all these means of purification for the priestly career, he passed at last into the one sphere that was worthy of him: he entered the Church, under the protection of influential friends.
The clergyman's horse, stumbling with a dull blunt sound among the graves, was cropping the grass; at once deriving orthodox consolation from the dead parishioners, and enforcing last Sunday's text that this was what all flesh came to; a lean ass who had sought to expound it also, without being qualified and ordained, was pricking his ears in an empty pound hard by, and looking with hungry eyes upon his priestly neighbour.
A lively quarrel ensued, Trefusis denouncing the folly of artists in fancying themselves a priestly caste when they were obviously only the parasites and favored slaves of the moneyed classes, and his friend (temporarily his enemy) sneering bitterly at levellers who were for levelling down instead of levelling up.
But the figure which most attracted the public eye, and stirred up the deepest feeling, was the Episcopal clergyman of King's Chapel, riding haughtily among the magistrates in his priestly vestments, the fitting representatives of prelacy and persecution, the union of church and state, and all those abominations which had driven the Puritans to the wilderness.
Had he followed my training, without thy accurst priestly interference, he had made an ironbarred nest in Torn for many of the doves of thy damned English nobility.
Priestly garments, images of saints, rich stuffs and ornaments, altar-furniture and household goods, were cast into the flames, and shed a glare on the whole country round; but they danced and howled, and roared about these fires till they were tired, and were never for an instant checked.
He himself wanted a daily governess for his younger children; and though he had hesitated in the first instance to offer this position to Maggie, the resolution to protest with the utmost force of his personal and priestly character against her being crushed and driven away by slander, was now decisive.
Declines to set up any pretensions to priestly authority and priestly power.
This latter step, however, there was no present prospect that Arthur Dimmesdale would be prevailed upon to take; he rejected all suggestions of the kind, as if priestly celibacy were one of his articles of Church discipline.
We have that of the priestly character, that we have some knowledge to enlighten our valour.