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1. A man who is a cleric.
2. A man who is a member of a church.

church′man·ly adj.
church′man·ship′ n.


n, pl -men
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a clergyman
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a male practising member of a church
ˈchurchmanly adj
ˈchurchmanˌship n


(ˈtʃɜrtʃ mən)

n., pl. -men.
2. a church member.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.churchman - a clergyman or other person in religious orderschurchman - a clergyman or other person in religious orders
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
ordainer - a cleric who ordains; a cleric who admits someone to holy orders
pardoner - a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences
pluralist - a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time


A person ordained for service in a Christian church:
Informal: reverend.
egyházi emberlelkészpap


[ˈtʃɜːtʃmən] N (churchmen (pl))
1. (= priest) → sacerdote m, eclesiástico m
2. (= member) → fiel m practicante
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said the Squire, who regarded physic and doctors as many loyal churchmen regard the church and the clergy-- tasting a joke against them when he was in health, but impatiently eager for their aid when anything was the matter with him.
Mine honest friend,'' said he, ``if the jangling of thy bells bad not dizzied thine understanding, thou mightst know Clericus clericum non decimat; that is to say, we churchmen do not exhaust each other's hospitality, but rather require that of the laity, giving them thus an opportunity to serve God in honouring and relieving his appointed servants.
My meaning, is, that churchmen in peace and quiet pray to Heaven for the welfare of the world, but we soldiers and knights carry into effect what they pray for, defending it with the might of our arms and the edge of our swords, not under shelter but in the open air, a target for the intolerable rays of the sun in summer and the piercing frosts of winter.
Years rolled on, and amongst the descendants some were soldiers, others diplomatists; some churchmen, some bankers; some grew rich, and some were ruined.
So Robin sat by the door, looking up the road and down the road to see who might come, till, after a time, he saw six horsemen come riding sedately and slowly, as became them, for they were churchmen in high orders.
it is you, and such as you, who bring an evil name upon the many churchmen who lead a pure and a holy life.
It was "preacher's night," as my father privately called it, and Ernest was certainly out of place in the midst of the churchmen.
But Churchmen were angry, and called his followers Lollards or idle babblers.
The newly promoted churchmen come from countries including Tonga, Cape Verde and Burma.
The editorial concluded by saying that it is time these churchmen and Ottawa addressed one core question: "If it is heinous to destroy the native culture, why is it acceptable to demolish the Christian churches?
This method of inquiry moves away from critiques of the clergy propounded by highly literate elite participants in the controversy toward more common denunciations of churchmen inspired by tenacious, less articulate public fears of bewitchment.
ONE of Northern Ireland's most loved churchmen, Dean of Belfast Dr Jack Shearer, has died at the age of 74.