What does Jesuit mean?

Definitions for Jesuit
ˈdʒɛʒ u ɪt, -yu ɪt, ˈdʒɛz-je·suit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jesuitadjective

    a member of the Jesuit order

  2. Jesuitical, Jesuitic, Jesuitadjective

    having qualities characteristic of Jesuits or Jesuitism

    "Jesuitical education"


  1. Jesuitnoun

    a member of the Society of Jesus

  2. Jesuitadjective

    of, relating to, or characteristic of this society or its members


  1. Jesuit

    The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu; abbreviation: SJ), commonly known as the Jesuits (; Latin: Iesuitæ), is a religious order of clerics regular of pontifical right for men in the Catholic Church headquartered in Rome. It was founded in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola and six companions, with the approval of Pope Paul III. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations. Jesuits work in education, research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also conduct retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social and humanitarian ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue. The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General. The headquarters of the society, its General Curia, is in Rome. The historic curia of Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit mother church. Members of the Society of Jesus are expected to accept orders to go anywhere in the world, where they might be required to live in extreme conditions. This was so because Ignatius, its leading founder, was a nobleman who had a military background. Accordingly, the opening lines of the founding document declared that the society was founded for "whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God, to strive especially for the defense and propagation of the faith, and for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine". Jesuits are thus sometimes referred to colloquially as "God's soldiers", "God's marines", or "the Company". The society participated in the Counter-Reformation and, later, in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council.


  1. jesuit

    A Jesuit is a member of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1534. The Jesuits are known for their educational, missionary, and charitable works globally. The order places a strong emphasis on scholarly learning and intellectual rigor, making significant contributions to fields such as education and theology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jesuitnoun

    one of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus

  2. Jesuitnoun

    fig.: A crafty person; an intriguer

  3. Etymology: [F. Jsuite, Sp. Jesuita: cf. It. Gesuita.]


  1. Jesuit

    Jesuit was an American rock band from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jesuit

    jez′ū-it, n. a member of the famous religious order, the Society of Jesus, founded in 1534 by Ignatius Loyola: a crafty or insidious person, an intriguer.—v.t. to make a Jesuit of.—adjs. Jesuit′ic, -al.—adv. Jesuit′ically.ns. Jes′uitism, Jesuitry: the principles and practices of the Jesuits: cunning: deceit; Jesuitoc′racy, government by Jesuits; Jes′uitry, Jesuitism.—Jesuits' bark, cinchona, because introduced to Rome by Jesuit missionaries.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jesuit

    or Society of Jesus, the religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1534, and approved of by bull of Paul III. in 1540, for the conversion of heretics and the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith, and reputed, however self-denying at times, to be unscrupulous in the means they employ to achieve their ends, which is, broadly speaking, re-establishing over Christendom the tyranny of the Church; they established themselves in the several countries of Europe, but their policy was found dangerous to political liberty as well as religious, and they are now everywhere nearly stamped out; there are nevertheless still several communities of them in the south of Europe, and even colleges in England, Ireland, and the United States, as well as missions under them in heathen parts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jesuit in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jesuit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Jesuit in a Sentence

  1. James Martin:

    Jesuit Father James Martin's creating a new space for LGBT people... He's saying it on the record and he's being very clear. It's not simply that he's tolerating it -- he's supporting it.

  2. Mick Mulroy:

    My father was someone that I always looked to for guidance. I sought to emulate his beliefs and his actions. He was a former Jesuit Catholic priest turned professor and scientist. My father led by word and by deed. He taught me ethics and morality through the study of philosophy, especially that of Socrates.

  3. Thomas Lockley:

    When Yasuke got to Kyoto( with Jesuit missionaries), there was a massive riot. People wanted to see him and be in his presence.

  4. Ryan Hamilton:

    Creighton is a Jesuit institution formally affiliated with the Catholic Church, one of the countrys most consistent and reliable advocates for pro-life causes, nebraska is a pro-life state and Republicans are a pro-life party.

  5. Father Paredes:

    Pope Francis is truly Jesuit. He is ready to connect with simple ideas, that he always has in his heart and his mind.

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