clergy

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Religious personnel
Nouns
1. (body of clergy) clergy, ministry, priesthood, rabbinate, abbacy, ulema, imamate; the cloth, Roman collar. See religion, worship.
2. (member of the clergy) clergyman or -woman, cleric, divine, ecclesiastic, churchman or -woman, priest, celebrant, minister, preacher, dominie, pastor, parson, man of the cloth, leader of the flock, shepherd, precentor, predicant; father, father in Christ; padre, curate, abbé, curé; patriarch; reverend; confessor; dewal; lama; magi. Slang, Bible-pounder or -thumper, devil-catcher, divine, fire insurance agent, gospel-shouter, Jesus-screamer; sky pilot.
3. (governing clergy) Pope, pontiff, cardinal, eminence, reverence, primate, metropolitan, archbishop, bishop, prelate, diocesan, suffragan, arch-priest, provost; patriarch, eparch, exarch, metropolitan; high priest, rabbi, mohel; caliph, imam, muezzin; dean, subdean, archdeacon, deacon, sub-deacon, prebendary, canon, rector, parson, vicar, chaplain, curate; preacher, reader, lecturer; missionary, propagandist, Salvationist, revivalist, gospel singer or preacher, evangelist; almoner, verger, beadle, sexton, sacristan; Brahman, pundit, guru, bashara; ayatollah; druid[ess], hierophant; Dalai Lama.
4.
a. (male member of an order) cenobite, anchorite, eremite, conventual, abbot, abbé, prior, monk, friar, brother, mendicant, manciple; bhikshu, bonze, fakir, sannyasi; hegumen; lay brother, pilgrim.
b. (female member of an order) abbess, prioress, canoness; mother superior, nun, sister, novice, postulant.
c. (orders) Jesuits, Franciscans, Gray Friars, Friars minor, Minorites; Capuchins, Dominicans, Black Friars; Carmelites, White Friars; Augustinians, Austin Friars; Carthusians, Benedictines, Cistercians, Trappists, Cluniacs, Maturines; Templars, Hospitallers.
5. holy orders, ordination, consecration, induction; clericalism, theocracy, hierarchy, ecclesiology; monasticism, monkhood, asceticism, cloistered life; papacy, pontificate; prelacy; benefit of clergy.
6. (clerical clothing and equipment) vestments, canonicals; cloth; habit; robe, gown, frock, surplice, alb, rochet, cassock, soutane, dalmatic, Geneva gown, scapular[y], cope, scarf, amice, chasuble, stole, maniple, mozzetta, pallium; fanon; cincture; tonsure, cowl, coif, hood; clerical collar; calotte; bands; pontificals, pall; miter, tiara, triple crown; cardinal's or red hat, biretta; kamelaukion; shovel hat, zucchetto; crozier, pastoral staff; thurible.
7. (council of clergy) consistory, synod, council, Sanhedrin; college.
Verbs — call, ordain, consecrate, induct; take orders or vows, take the veil.
Adjectives — ordained, in holy orders, called to the ministry; clerical, priestly, ecclesiastical, pastoral, ministerial; episcopal, hierarchical; pontifical, papal.
Quotations — I look upon all the world as my parish (John Wesley), In all ages of the world, priests have been enemies of liberty (David Hume), The world would be poorer without the antics of clergymen (V S. Pritchett), Priests and conjurors are of the same trade (Thomas Paine), Did man e'er live saw priest or woman yet forgive? (James Russell Lowell), As the French say, there are three sexes — men, women, and clergymen (Sydney Smith).
Antonyms, See laity.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. priesthood, prelacy, pastorate; see ministry 2 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
ecclesiastics, men of the cloth, ministry, priesthood, churchmen, holy order, prelacy, pastorate, presbytery, rabbinate. see clergyman

English dictionary for students. 2013.

Synonyms:
, , , (in distinction from the laity)


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  • clergy — n. Religious professionals; those ordained for the ministry. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • clergy — c.1200, clergie office or dignity of a clergyman, from two Old French words: 1. clergié clerics, learned men, from M.L. clericatus, from L.L. clericus (see CLERK (Cf. clerk)); 2. clergie learning, knowledge, erudition, from clerc, also from L.L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • clergy — [n] ministry of church canonicate, canonry, cardinalate, churchpersons, clerics, conclave, deaconry, diaconate, ecclesiastics, first estate, holy order, pastorate, prelacy, priesthood, rabbinate, the cloth, the desk, the pulpit; concept 369 …   New thesaurus

  • clergy — ► NOUN (pl. clergies) (usu. treated as pl. ) ▪ the body of people ordained for religious duties in the Christian Church. ORIGIN Latin clericus cleric, clergyman …   English terms dictionary

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  • clergy — clergylike, adj. /klerr jee/, n., pl. clergies. the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity. [1175 1225; ME clerge, clergie < OF clergé ( < LL clericatus office of a priest; see CLERIC, ATE3), clergie,… …   Universalium

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  • clergy */*/ — UK [ˈklɜː(r)dʒɪ] / US [ˈklɜrdʒɪ] noun [plural] Word forms clergy : singular clergy plural clergies the people who lead religious services, especially Christian priests. A man who leads religious services is sometimes called a clergyman and a… …   English dictionary

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