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high priest
▪ the high priest of modern jazz
woman priest/doctor etc (=a priest etc who is a woman)
▪ Ireland’s first woman president
▪ women artists
▪ Here the boy met the first Anglican priest who interested him in religion.
▪ Hernandez has a friendly relationship with Champigny's Catholic priests and deacons.
▪ Spalding, after being warned of his peril by Catholic priest Father Brouillet, fled from the massacre to Lapwai.
▪ For example, in 1900 the United States had about 40, 000 Roman Catholic priests.
▪ So much for his promised imitation of a Catholic priest, she reflected bitterly.
▪ He denounced Catholic priests as foreign agents who should be killed on sight.
▪ Censorship, dictated by the military and Catholic priests, cut a lot.
▪ Anna had me baptized by a Catholic priest.
▪ This act of atonement was on behalf of the high priest and the priesthood generally.
▪ For millions of Nepali Hindus the brahmins are high priest and local butcher.
▪ And some high priests have told falsehoods.
▪ In the next scene they could be the high priest.
▪ The high priests and elders being still keen to press charges, Festus invited them to Caesarea to put their case.
▪ That, to the high priest of the sanctuary of Shiloh, is not the most important item of news.
▪ Even Government high priests are uneasy.
▪ Offenders were to be denied the sacrament by the local priest.
▪ One local priest has endured arrest and gone to court to obtain permission to conduct his sacrifices in public.
▪ Typical of them is our local priest, Don Marco.
▪ There may be a local priest or bishop to meet.
▪ So they call out the local Jesuit priest, he takes a good sniff and says it's haunted.
▪ There was the Nationalist Party, a weak organization for which local priests had to provide some kind of legitimation.
▪ One of their companies reached Ainaro, questioned the local priests and some natives, but did them no harm.
▪ On 4 July 1806 he passed away, the local priests and choir being present at his bedside for his spiritual comfort.
▪ There is an unconfirmed suggestion that Diaper was ordained priest in 1715.
▪ During this time he was ordained deacon and priest.
▪ He was ordained priest in 1851.
▪ The prayer opposite was composed last year by deacons on retreat before they were ordained priests and missionaries.
▪ In June 1846 Talbot was ordained priest by Wiseman at Oscott.
▪ In 1877 he was ordained priest and in 1878 took up his ministry in Wray-on-Windermere.
▪ In the Roman Catholic Church priests are sometimes appointed to look after the needs of a particular ethnic group.
▪ A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused a vulnerable parishioner was ordered to pay £64,000 damages to his victim.
▪ For example, in 1900 the United States had about 40, 000 Roman Catholic priests.
▪ Aristide, a left-wing Roman Catholic priest, had won by a landslide in the presidential elections on Dec. 16.
▪ Some were spies, and three Roman Catholic priests came in disguise.
▪ Mark, too, after the slightly disquieting observations about Roman Catholic priests, seemed to have removed himself from her.
▪ There was an old lady of Cork who took a young priest for a walk.
▪ The only benefit of the endeavor came when old Benjamin Franklin became a friend of the young priest.
▪ A young temple priest, not quite thirty, began to vomit blood.
▪ A young priest is with us for some of the time.
▪ He would be patient with this young priest.
▪ A registered nurse once. recorded her flyte with the sanatorium's young priest.
▪ The young priest ran into the rectory.
▪ So they call out the local Jesuit priest, he takes a good sniff and says it's haunted.
▪ Her brother Greg was a Jesuit priest, and she was drawn to the order because of its work with the poor.
▪ A Jesuit priest, Father Jon Cortina, started the search for missing children when the war ended in 1992.
▪ His geographically-based nomenclature was however superseded by that devised only a few years later by Giovanni Riccioli, a Jesuit priest.
▪ Thus Buddhism is enjoying a great flowering in the West at present; Jesuit priests are studying meditation from Zen practitioners.
▪ I always warn my men that there's something of the scapegoat involved in the role of parish priest.
▪ And so she went to her parish priest and asked him what to do to save her marriage.
▪ He retired at Christmas, 1990, as parish priest of St Ignatius, Ossett, suffering from a chronic chest complaint.
▪ Arsenio Carrillo served as a parish priest at San Agust n from 1956 to 1963, and returned in 1969.
▪ He immersed himself in parish work and made himself indispensable to the overworked parish priest.
▪ Later she told her parish priest.
▪ He's a sort of diocesan works manager responsible to the bishop for the smooth running of the parish priests.
▪ That morning, she had been to Sealdah to meet the parish priest.
▪ The Oxford Diocese overwhelmingly endorsed women priests in a poll last year.
▪ So why is he so opposed to women priests?
▪ It will still progress without women priests and homosexuals.
▪ Although the first generation of women priests had to fight to assert their identity, those problems have been ironed out.
▪ When he soundly supported the principle of women priests they made him modify his statement.
▪ A decision on the ordination of women priests will be taken by the General Synod in November.
▪ It is not the first time that a pastor has become a priest.
▪ For instance, no blacks could become Mormon priests, right?
▪ The other two became priests - and yet still more lost to Protestantism.
▪ Before 1978, black members of the church were not able to become priests.
▪ They think that the Church would then become less dominated by priests.
▪ So the Mormons suddenly had a vision-blacks could now become priests.
▪ Though she never lived to see the day, six of her sons became priests and four of her daughters nuns.
▪ He planned to become a priest, but left the order shortly before being ordained.
▪ From her vantage point in Galway Cathedral she watched him ordain a priest into the celibate life.
▪ He returned to Forli as a newly ordained priest and founded there a new monastery for his order.
▪ After he served for a year as a deacon he was ordained as a priest.
▪ On the one hand, Mormonism was partially democratized in that virtually every adult male could be ordained a priest.
▪ Wilfred of York, and Bishop Haedda, who ordained him a priest.
▪ For a time he served as canon and treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, having been ordained a priest several years before.
the incumbent president/priest/government etc
▪ At the same time, as the incumbent President, he is also answerable for the state of the nation.
▪ Efficiency is the principle that voters ought to be able to assess the responsibility of and exercise control over the incumbent government.
▪ Labour would then benefit from the extra coverage given to the incumbent government.
▪ Like Clinton 12 years later, he possessed in volume what the incumbent president, Jimmy Carter, lacked.
▪ Do we run out and call the priest or rabbi?
▪ Father Matthew Connor was not a modern priest.
▪ For instance, no blacks could become Mormon priests, right?
▪ For the first time in my life I could not confess all my sins to the priest.
▪ Garvey says his machine tends to be a little more heavy-handed with the Hail Marys than your average priest.
▪ It was the priest who examined the wound after three days to see whether it had healed.
▪ Marquez has been a priest for over twenty years.
▪ The women liked to go there, but the priests were the first to die.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Presbyter \Pres"by*ter\, n. [L. an elder, fr. Gr. ?. See Priest.]

  1. An elder in the early Christian church. See 2d Citation under Bishop, n., 1.

  2. (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.) One ordained to the second order in the ministry; -- called also priest.

    I rather term the one sort presbyter than priest.

    New presbyter is but old priest writ large.

  3. (Presbyterian Ch.) A member of a presbytery whether lay or clerical.

  4. A Presbyterian. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English preost probably shortened from the older Germanic form represented by Old Saxon and Old High German prestar, Old Frisian prestere, all from Vulgar Latin *prester "priest," from Late Latin presbyter "presbyter, elder," from Greek presbyteros (see Presbyterian).\n

\nAn alternative theory (to account for the -eo- of the Old English word) makes it cognate with Old High German priast, prest, from Vulgar Latin *prevost "one put over others," from Latin praepositus "person placed in charge," from past participle of praeponere (see provost). In Old Testament sense, a translation of Hebrew kohen, Greek hiereus, Latin sacerdos.


n. A religious clergyman who is trained to perform services or sacrifices at a church or temple. vb. (context transitive English) To ordain as a priest.

  1. n. a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders

  2. a spiritual leader in a non-Christian religion [syn: non-Christian priest]


PriEsT is an acronym for 'Priority Estimation Tool' which is an open-source decision-making software that implements the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method - a comprehensive framework for decision problems. PriEsT can assist decision makers in prioritizing the options available in a given scenario.

PriEsT implements the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) which has been widely used in numerous fields, such as health, transportation, telecommunication, and policy decision making. The two types of problems addressed by PriEsT are ranking problems and budgeting problems. In the ranking problems, the decision maker is interested in the order of preference for the available options. However, in budgeting, the preference weights are also required.

Due to its open source nature, the tool suits the research community as well. For example, commercial tools do not offer all the available prioritization methods and consistency measures, and usually hide the technical details of the prioritization process. By contrast, PriEsT implements several prioritization methods and consistency measures, and also provide the flexibility of adding more.

The main features of PriEsT include: supporting Pairwise comparison method with any scale for ratio-based judgements; providing widely used measures for inconsistency in judgements; offers several non-dominated solutions with the help of Evolutionary Multi-objective optimization; implements all the widely used prioritization methods for research purpose; graphical and Equalizer views for the pairwise comparison judgements; exporting problems into an XML data file; platform-independent Java-based Tool (runs on Linux, Android and Windows).

The second version of PriEsT (PriEsT v2) has been launched in 2013 with new features including Sensitivity analysis and support for Android-based devices.

Priest (manhwa)

Priest ( Hangul: 프리스트) is a manhwa ( Korean comic) series created by Hyung Min-woo. It fuses the Western genre with supernatural horror and dark fantasy themes and is notable for its unusual, angular art style. An interview with Hyung in Priest: Volume 3 states that the comic was inspired by the computer game Blood by Monolith Productions, which featured a similar horror-Western aesthetic and undead protagonist. He has also cited the comic as a mishmash of influences from other books, movies and games, elements from a culture he felt was underground in Korea at the time.

Priest was published in English by Tokyopop. The manhwa was adapted into the 2011 American horror film of the same name.

Priest (Latter Day Saints)

Priest is a priesthood office in the Aaronic priesthood of denominations within the Latter Day Saint movement, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Priest (1994 film)

Priest is a 1994 British drama film marking the debut of director Antonia Bird. The screenplay by Jimmy McGovern focuses on a Roman Catholic priest as he struggles with two issues that precipitate a crisis of faith.

Priest (tool)

A priest (poacher's, game warden's or angler's "priest"), is a tool for killing game or fish.

The name " priest" comes from the notion of administering the " last rites" to the fish or game. Anglers often use priests to quickly kill fish.

Priest (comics)

Priest, in comics, may refer to:

  • Christopher Priest (comics), the nom de plume of an American comics writer, often credited as "Priest"
  • Priest (manhwa), a Weird Fiction, West Korean comic series
  • Jessica Priest, a character from Spawn
  • Priest (DC Comics), a DC Comics character who has appeared in a number of Green Lantern stories
  • Priest, a 1996 series from Maximum Press
Priest (Sussex cricketer)

Priest (first name and dates unknown) was an English professional cricketer who made 1 known appearance in first-class cricket. He played for Sussex (aka Brighton) against Middlesex at Lord's Old Ground in 1792, scoring 18 in his only innings.

Priest (disambiguation)

A priest is a person who holds an office in a religion, for example an Orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic priest, Hindu priest, an Imam in Islam, or a Kohen in Judaism.

Priest may also refer to:

  • As a tool:
    • Priest (tool), a tool for killing fish
    • PriEsT, a software tool to help making decisions
  • As a vehicle:
    • M7 Priest, an informal name for an American World War II self-propelled artillery vehicle
  • In places:
    • Priest's Cove, Cornwall, UK
    • Priest Island, Scotland
    • Priest Lake, Idaho
    • Priest Mine, Ontario, Canada
    • Priest Point, Washington
    • Priest Rapids on the Columbia River, Washington state which is the location of:
      • Priest Rapids Dam
    • Priest River, Idaho
    • The Priest (mountain)
  • Films
    • Priest (1994 film), a film directed by Antonia Bird and scripted by Jimmy McGovern
    • Priest (2011 film), a supernatural action film starring Paul Bettany as Priest, based on a Korean manhwa of the same name
    • The Priest (film), a 2009 Russian film
    • The Priests (film), a 2015 South Korean film
  • In popular culture:
    • Priest (manhwa), a Korean Weird West comic
    • Priest (In Plain Sight episode), short title for the In Plain Sight season three finale episode.
    • Priest (computer game), a computer game based on the aforementioned comic
    • Priest (World of Warcraft), a class in World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs
    • Judas Priest, a British heavy metal band
    • Priest Maxi, South Park character
    • Jessica Priest, a character from the Spawn comic book
    • Hoodlum Priest (musician), a band named after:
    • Hoodlum Priest (film), a 1961 film
    • "Maximum Priest" E.P., EP by Squarepusher
    • Red Priest, a musical group
    • The Priests, an Irish vocal trio
  • "The Priest", a song by Limp Bizkit from The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
  • People named "Priest":
    • Cathy Priest (born 1971), Canadian female bodybuilder
    • Cherie Priest (born 1975), American novelist
    • Christopher Priest (disambiguation)
      • Christopher Priest (novelist) (born 1943), English novelist
      • Christopher Priest (comics) (born 1961), comic book writer, who (out of courtesy to the novelist of the same name) signs his work "Priest"
    • Dana Priest, author
    • Daniel Priest Australian convict
    • Daniel B. Priest, American lawyer
    • Degory Priest, passenger on the Mayflower
    • Eric Priest (born 1943), professor
    • Fred Priest, professional footballer
    • Graham Priest (born 1948), philosopher
    • J.W. Priest (died 1859), American architect
    • John Priest, stand-up comedian
    • Josias Priest (1645–1735), English dancer
    • Killah Priest (born 1970), American rapper
    • Lee Priest (born 1972), Australian male bodybuilder
    • Mark Priest (born 1961), New Zealand cricketer
    • Mathew Priest (born 1970), British drummer
    • Maxi Priest (born 1960), English Reggae singer
    • Pat Priest (judge) (born 1940), Texan judge
    • Patricia Ann Priest (born 1935), American actress
    • Percy Priest (1900–1956), American politician
    • Priest Holmes (born 1973), American football running back
    • Priest Lauderdale (born 1973), American basketball player
    • Robert Priest (born 1951), Canadian poet and children's author
    • Roger Priest (born 1981), American lawyer
    • Tim Priest, Australian policeman
    • Tim Priest (American football), American football broadcaster
  • Fictional characters named "Priest":
    • Reginald J. Priest, President of the United States in the TV series The Lexx
    • Youngblood Priest, protagonist of Super Fly
  • Other:
    • Priesthood (Latter Day Saints)
    • Priest hole
    • Saint-Priest (disambiguation)
    • Whiskey priest
    • Worker-Priest
    • Pigeon having bald pate with crest at the back of the head
Priest (2011 film)

Priest is a 2011 American post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi action horror film starring Paul Bettany as the title character. The film, directed by Scott Stewart, is loosely based on the Korean comic of the same name by Hyung Min-woo. In an alternate world, humanity and vampires have warred for centuries. After the last Vampire War, a veteran Warrior Priest (Bettany) lives in obscurity with other humans inside one of the Church's walled cities. When the Priest's niece ( Lily Collins) is kidnapped by vampires, the Priest breaks his vows to hunt them down. He is accompanied by the niece's boyfriend Hicks ( Cam Gigandet), who is a wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess ( Maggie Q).

The film first entered development in 2005, when Screen Gems bought the spec script by Cory Goodman. In 2006 Andrew Douglas was attached to direct and Gerard Butler was attached to star. They were eventually replaced by Stewart and Bettany in 2009 and filming started in Los Angeles, California, later in the year. The film changed release dates numerous times throughout 2010 and 2011. It was especially pushed back from 2010 to 2011 to convert the film from 2D to 3D. It was released in the United States and Canada on , 2011. The film earned over $78 million at the box office against a $60 million production budget, but it was panned by critics, who, while noting the film's visual style, criticized the movie's use of genre clichés.

Usage examples of "priest".

In this persuasion certain of the Aztec priests practised complete abscission or entire discerption of the virile parts, and a mutilation of females was not unknown similar to that immemorially a custom in Egypt.

Now it is evident that in Penance something is done so that something holy is signified both on the part of the penitent sinner, and on the part of the priest absolving, because the penitent sinner, by deed and word, shows his heart to have renounced sin, and in like manner the priest, by his deed and word with regard to the penitent, signifies the work of God Who forgives his sins.

Eucharist the priest perfects the sacrament by merely pronouncing the words over the matter, so the mere words which the priest while absolving pronounces over the penitent perfect the sacrament of absolution.

In a burst of red abysmal ferocity it was over, except for one wretch who fled screaming back the way the priests had come, pursued by a swarm of blood-dabbled shapes of horror which reached out their red-smeared hands for him.

The good priest, accepting that title as truly belonging to me, entreats my pardon for not having addressed me as such.

These words are read out by the priest in a deep voice to all who are about to observe the Holy Supper, and are listened to by them in full acknowledgment that they are true.

In 1486 a priest in London writes to his patron in Yorkshire: I send a paper of the Rosary of Our Lady of Coleyn, and I have registered your name with both my Ladis names, as the paper expresses, and ye be acopled as brethren and sisters.

Sauveur, without the slightest opposition from the venerable priest, who, far from sharing the anti-christain intolerancy of the clergy in general, said that her profession as an actress had not hindered her from being a good Christian, and that the earth was the common mother of all human beings, as Jesus Christ had been the Saviour of all mankind.

Thus also Nachi Cocom, who dwelt in the chief town of Zututa in the province Chichen Itza, that called Chichen Itza, and Ah Cahuot Cocom, aiding the word of God and our great King, delivered up their standards and banners for the sake of our great King, for the conquest, and received the Adelantado and the father the priest in their towns, nor did they make war, but abstained from all injury, and laid out churches and town-houses for their followers.

Stoth priest, now fully confirmed and entered into his adeptship, went before the Mechanist Union with a proposal to distribute the drug, which retards deterioration of cell generations and extends the number of such replications per organism as well as conferring extensive immunities, throughout the thirty-seven nations.

He arose from the oaken bench on which he was seated in the chapel, and wished, as the priest had done, to go and bid a last adieu to the double grave which contained his two lost friends.

Ignorant priests or astrologers administered drugs, concerning the properties of which they had no knowledge, to appease the wrath of mythological deities.

The seventeen doomed men were offered a meal and an opportunity to speak with a priest before they were lined up along an adobe wall and shot.

She described seeing the bier of King Agates Sealender and listening in on the conversation between the castellan and the priest.

When preparations were made to surrender the fortress to the Christian sovereigns, I was prevailed upon by an alfaqui, a Moorish priest, to aid him in secreting some of the treasures of Boabdil in this vault.