priestliness


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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.
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Deep insights break through the storyline: 'the dead have rights'; the cleansing power of sacred ritual and drama; that priestliness is not confined to Western religions; that 'a life-long racial divide' can be transcended 'by tears, smiles and handshakes' that move far beyond trite political expressions of 'Sorry'.
Virginia Woolf, in a passage quoted by Stefan Collini in Absent Minds (2006), responded to one of Priestley's attacks on the Bloomsbury highbrows by expressing her profound irritation with 'Priestley and his priestliness', and the remark hits home.