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high priest

n.
1. Judaism The chief priest of the ancient Levitical priesthood. By tradition this office was restricted to men.
2. Mormon Church A priest of the Melchizedek order. By tradition this office is restricted to men.
3. The head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine.

high priesthood n.

high priest

n
1. (Judaism) Judaism the priest of highest rank who alone was permitted to enter the holy of holies of the tabernacle and Temple
2. (Christian Churches, other) Mormon Church a priest of the order of Melchizedek priesthood
3. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the head of a group or cult. Also (feminine): high priestess
high priesthood n

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n.
1. a chief priest.
2. Judaism. (from Aaronic times to about the 1st century A.D.) the priest ranking above all other priests and the only one permitted to enter the holy of holies.
3. a person in a high position of power or influence, esp. one who is revered as a preeminent authority or interpreter: the high priest of modern architecture.
[1350–1400]
high′ priest′hood, n.
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Noun1.high priest - a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrinehigh priest - a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine; "he's the high priest of contemporary jazz"
authority - an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
2.high priest - a senior clergyman and dignitaryhigh priest - a senior clergyman and dignitary  
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
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