Definitions for clergyˈklɜr dʒi
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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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'clergy' in Nouns Frequency: #2469
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
They( clergy) work for Jesus, not Freedom Oklahoma.
You must believe in God in spite of what the clergy say.
His family's with him, the clergy has been here and ... let's pray for him.
I do not believe someone would force a member of the clergy to perform a marriage.
A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
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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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