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ˈklɜr dʒicler·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clergynoun

    in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)

Wiktionary

  1. clergynoun

    Body of persons, such as ministers, priests and rabbis, who are trained and ordained for religious service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clergynoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Clergynoun

    learning; also, a learned profession

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Clergynoun

    the privilege or benefit of clergy

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Clergy

    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

  1. Clergy

    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.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'clergy' in Nouns Frequency: #2469

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clergy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clergy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of clergy in a Sentence

  1. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    We had legislation that would have been effective,” Nicholas Alahverdian said. “Every child would be ensured an in-state placement, a copy of an enhanced children’s bill of rights, and contact with family, clergy, or lawyers during business hours. These solutions were shot down by Speaker Mattiello and Governor Raimondo.”

  2. Equality Louisiana:

    But a great many Americans who are not members of the clergy feel just as called to live their faith through their businesses. That’s why we should ensure that musicians, caterers, photographers and others should be immune from government coercion on deeply held religious convictions.

  3. Troy Stevenson:

    They( clergy) work for Jesus, not Freedom Oklahoma.

  4. Greg Burke:

    By finding almost no cases after 2002, the Grand Jury's conclusions are consistent with previous studies showing that Catholic Church reforms in United States drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse.

  5. Russell Moore:

    Several years ago when I would raise this issue there was a sense of invulnerability, a church member might say that clergy abuse is a Catholic Church problem, or that it never happens in The Catholic Church. I very rarely hear that now.

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