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 ?
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.
He is admitted accordingly, not without a hint from the Recluse, that were he himself out of his priestly weeds, he would care little for his threats of using violence, and that he gives way to him not out of intimidation, but simply to avoid scandal.
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.
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.
When the Te Deum was over, the coadjutor, without stopping to change his priestly dress, took his way toward that old tower which he knew so well.
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.
thy priestly raiment Fills me with dread- thy ebony crucifix With horror and awe!
At length Abelard offered to marry Heloise --but on a shameful condition: that the marriage should be kept secret from the world, to the end that (while her good name remained a wreck, as before,) his priestly reputation might be kept untarnished.
here his manner became definitely priestly and his remarks seemed to be directed to women, for indeed Mr.
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.
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.
Even worse, in high priestly sacrilege, he encouraged Jerry to attack a megapode hen in the act of laying.