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cler·gy

 (klûr′jē)
n. pl. cler·gies
The body of people ordained or recognized by a religious community as ritual or spiritual leaders. See Usage Note at collective noun.

[Middle English clergie, from Old French (from Vulgar Latin *clercīa, from Late Latin clēricus; see clerk) and from Old French clergié, body of clerks (from Vulgar Latin *clercātus, from Late Latin clēricātus, from clēricus, clerk, cleric).]
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clergy

(ˈklɜːdʒɪ)
n, pl -gies
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the collective body of men and women ordained as religious ministers, esp of the Christian Church.
[C13: from Old French clergie, from clerc ecclesiastic, clerk]
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cler•gy

(ˈklɜr dʒi)

n., pl. -gies.
the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.
[1175–1225; Middle English clerge, clergie < Old French clerge < Late Latin clericātus office of a priest; see cleric, -ate3]
cler′gy•like`, adj.
usage: See collective noun.
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clergy

Religious leaders; a member of the Church.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
priesthood - the body of ordained religious practitioners
pastorate - pastors collectively
prelacy, prelature - prelates collectively
cardinalate - cardinals collectively
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
laity, temporalty - in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
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clergy

noun priesthood, ministry, clerics, clergymen, churchmen, the cloth, holy orders, ecclesiastics The Bolsheviks closed churches and imprisoned the clergy.
Related words
adjectives clerical, pastoral
Quotations
"Clergy are men as well as other folks" [Henry Fielding Joseph Andrews]
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Translations
إكليروس، رِجال الكهنوت
duchovenstvo
gejstlighedpræstestand
papisto
klersvećenstvo
klerkastétt
dvasininkasdvasininkija
garīdzniecība
rahipler/papazlar sınıfı

clergy

[ˈklɜːdʒɪ] NPLclero m
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clergy

[ˈklɜːrdʒi] nclergé m
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clergy

plKlerus m, → Geistlichkeit f, → die Geistlichen pl; to join the clergyGeistlicher werden
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clergy

[ˈklɜːdʒɪ] nclero
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clergy

(ˈkləːdʒi) noun
the ministers, priests etc of the Christian religion. the clergy of the Church of England.
ˈclergyman noun
one of the clergy; a priest, minister etc.
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