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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
priest (noun)
one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God , specifically an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking below a bishop and above a deacon
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
priest (noun)
a person specially trained and authorized to conduct religious services in a Christian church
SYNONIMS:
cleric, clerical, clerk, deacon, divine, dominie, ecclesiastic, minister, preacher, priest, reverend
RELATED WORDS:
churchman, clergyman, father, Holy Joe [], padre; clergywoman, deaconess, priestess; abbot, archbishop, archpriest, bishop, dean, diocesan, monsignor, pope, prelate, presbyter; abbé, curate, curé, parson, pastor, rector, shepherd, vicar; chaplain, confessor, sky pilot; evangelist, missionary, missioner, missionizer, revivalist; friar, mendicant, monastic, monk, oblate, religious; high priest, high priestess
NEAR ANTONYMS:
lay reader, lector
layman, layperson, secular
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