in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
Body of persons, such as ministers, priests and rabbis, who are trained and ordained for religious service.
the body of men set apart, by due ordination, to the service of God, in the Christian church, in distinction from the laity; in England, usually restricted to the ministers of the Established Church
learning; also, a learned profession
the privilege or benefit of clergy
Origin: [OE. clergie, clergi, clerge, OF. clergie, F. clergie (fr. clerc clerc, fr. L. clericus priest) confused with OF. clergi, F. clerg, fr. LL. clericatus office of priest, monastic life, fr. L. clericus priest, LL. scholar, clerc. Both the Old French words meant clergy, in sense 1, the former having also sense 2. See Clerk.]
Clergy are some of the formal leaders within certain religions. The roles and functions of clergy vary in different religious traditions but these usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. Some of the terms used for individual clergy are "cleric", "clergyman", "clergywoman", "clergyperson" and "churchman". In Christianity the specific names and roles of clergy vary by denomination and there is a wide range of formal and informal clergy positions, including deacons, priests, bishops, preachers, pastors, and ministers. In Shia Islam, a religious leader is often known as an imam or ayatollah. In Jewish tradition, a religious leader is often a rabbi or hazzan.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
klėr′ji, n. the ministers of the Christian religion, as holders of an allotted office, in contradistinction to the laity.—adjs. Cler′gyable, Cler′giable, entitled to or admitting of the benefit of clergy.—ns. Cler′gyman, one of the clergy, a regularly ordained minister; Cler′gy-wom′an, a woman belonging to a clergyman's family.—adjs. Cler′ic, -al, belonging to the clergy: pertaining to a clerk.—ns. Cler′ic, a clergyman; Cler′icalism, undue influence of the clergy, sacerdotalism; Cler′icate, clerical position; Cleric′ity, state of being a clergyman; Cler′isy, the class of learned men, scholars.—Clergyman's sore throat, chronic pharyngitis.—Benefit of clergy, originally an exemption of clergymen, in certain cases, from criminal process before a secular judge, but later covering the first offence of all who could read.—Black clergy, in Russia, the regular or monastic, as distinct from the secular or parochial, clergy. [Fr. clergé—L.,—Gr. klērikos, from klēros, a lot, then the clergy.]
People that have the ability, attributes, experience, qualities, skills, tools and theological training who are approved by a form and structure of religion to lead a group of people through a religious organizational structure.
Some examples of clergy are male, female and homosexual priests, rabbi, ministers, spiritual leader, spiritual advisor and pastors.
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Rank popularity for the word 'clergy' in Nouns Frequency: #2469
The numerical value of clergy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of clergy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- Geistlichkeit, KlerusGerman
- κλήρος, ιερατείοGreek
- ekleziularo, pastraroEsperanto
- אנשי דתHebrew
- 성직자, 聖職者Korean
- kler, свештенство, свећенство, sveštenstvo, клер, svećenstvoSerbo-Croatian
- duhovščina, klerSlovene
- tư tếVietnamese
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