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re·li·gious lead·er

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  1. religious leadernoun

    leader of a religious order


  1. religious leadernoun

    A religious leader is one who is recognised by a religious body as having some authority within that body.

  2. religious leadernoun

    The leader of a religious order.

  3. religious leadernoun

    In Catholicism, any of a number of individuals, including priests, Cardinals, Bishops, and the Supreme Pontiff.


  1. Religious leader

    Clergy are formal leaders within established religions. Their roles and functions vary in different religious traditions, but usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. Some of the terms used for individual clergy are clergyman, clergywoman, clergyperson, churchman, and cleric, while clerk in holy orders has a long history but is rarely used.In Christianity, the specific names and roles of the clergy vary by denomination and there is a wide range of formal and informal clergy positions, including deacons, elders, priests, bishops, preachers, pastors, presbyters, ministers, and the pope. In Islam, a religious leader is often known formally or informally as an imam, caliph, qadi, sheikh, mufti, mullah, muezzin, or ayatollah. In the Jewish tradition, a religious leader is often a rabbi (teacher) or hazzan (cantor).


  1. religious leader

    A religious leader is an individual who serves as a guide, teacher, interpreter, and administrator of religious practices and beliefs of a specific group or congregation. This role involves performing sacred rituals, providing spiritual guidance, interpreting doctrines, and leading religious services. Examples of such figures include priests, pastors, imams, rabbis, monks, and gurus, among others. Their exact functions and responsibilities vary across different religions and cultures.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of religious leader in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of religious leader in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of religious leader in a Sentence

  1. Mahmoud Ibrahim:

    The decision to fast is actually an interplay between three major players—the person himself, his religious leader, and the medical advisor, all people with type 1 diabetes or who need insulin should not fast, any underaged child should not fast, and of course any women who are diabetic and pregnant should not fast at all.

  2. Donald Trump:

    No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.

  3. Chris Elliot:

    The message is about trying to get the kids to stop or at least run away so they wo n’t be at harm, and take other kids away and then report it to police or a religious leader.

  4. President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday:

    Of course, the Saudi government, in order to cover up its crime of beheading a religious leader has resorted to a strange measure and has severed its ties with the Islamic Republic.

  5. Pope Francis:

    No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith.

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