Clergy

  • 1 Clergy — Cler gy, n. [OE. clergie, clergi, clerge, OF. clergie, F. clergie (fr. clerc clerc, fr. L. clericus priest) confused with OF. clergi[ e], F. clerg[ e], fr. LL. clericatus office of priest, monastic life, fr. L. clericus priest, LL. scholar, clerc …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 clergy — n. Religious professionals; those ordained for the ministry. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 clergy — c.1200, clergie office or dignity of a clergyman, from two Old French words: 1. clergié clerics, learned men, from M.L. clericatus, from L.L. clericus (see CLERK (Cf. clerk)); 2. clergie learning, knowledge, erudition, from clerc, also from L.L.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 clergy — [n] ministry of church canonicate, canonry, cardinalate, churchpersons, clerics, conclave, deaconry, diaconate, ecclesiastics, first estate, holy order, pastorate, prelacy, priesthood, rabbinate, the cloth, the desk, the pulpit; concept 369 …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 clergy — ► NOUN (pl. clergies) (usu. treated as pl. ) ▪ the body of people ordained for religious duties in the Christian Church. ORIGIN Latin clericus cleric, clergyman …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 clergy — [klʉr′jē] n. pl. clergies [ME clergie, office or dignity of a clergyman < OFr < LL(Ec) clericus: see CLERK] persons ordained for religious service; ministers, priests, rabbis, etc., collectively …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Clergy — (left to right) George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury (1991–2002), Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi (UK), Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Jim Wallis, Sojourners, USA. 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Cleric redirects here. For… …

    Wikipedia

  • 8 clergy — clergylike, adj. /klerr jee/, n., pl. clergies. the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity. [1175 1225; ME clerge, clergie < OF clergé ( < LL clericatus office of a priest; see CLERIC, ATE3), clergie,… …

    Universalium

  • 9 clergy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Religious personnel Nouns 1. (body of clergy) clergy, ministry, priesthood, rabbinate, abbacy, ulema, imamate; the cloth, Roman collar. See religion, worship. 2. (member of the clergy) clergyman or woman …

    English dictionary for students

  • 10 Clergy — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Clergy >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 clergy clergy clericals ministry priesthood presbytery the cloth the desk GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 clergyman clergyman divine ecclesiastic church …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 clergy */*/ — UK [ˈklɜː(r)dʒɪ] / US [ˈklɜrdʒɪ] noun [plural] Word forms clergy : singular clergy plural clergies the people who lead religious services, especially Christian priests. A man who leads religious services is sometimes called a clergyman and a… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 Clergy —    A collective name for the Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the Church. The Priesthood and the People are generally distinguished from each other by the titles Clergy and Laity. The term Clergy is derived from the Greek word Cleros, meaning a… …

    American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 13 Clergy —    During the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic clergy was represented in the States of some provinces. However, they were forced to leave these assemblies in the provinces that became Protes tant during the Revolt. Although the Dutch Republic was… …

    Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

  • 14 clergy — cler|gy [ˈklə:dʒi US ˈklə:r ] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: clergie, from clerc; CLERK1] the clergy [plural] the official leaders of religious activities in organized religions, such as priests, ↑rabbis, and ↑mullahs →↑clerical ▪ the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 clergy — cler|gy [ klɜrdʒi ] noun plural * the people who lead religious services, especially Christian priests. A man who leads religious services is sometimes called a clergyman and a woman who leads religious services is sometimes called a clergywoman …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 clergy — [[t]klɜ͟ː(r)ʤi[/t]] N PLURAL The clergy are the official leaders of the religious activities of a particular group of believers. Stalin deported Catholic clergy to Siberia …

    English dictionary

  • 17 clergy — noun the clergy (plural) the priests in the Christian church: the power of the clergy in the Middle Ages …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 Clergy — Term used to include all members of religious orders. The clergy were generally exempt from jurisdiction of civil courts as well as from military service. See also Benefit of Clergy. any member of Holy Orders, or of a monastic order …

    Medieval glossary

  • 19 clergy — The whole of clergymen or ministers of religion. Also an abbreviation for benefit of clergy . See benefit of clergy …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 20 clergy — The whole of clergymen or ministers of religion. Also an abbreviation for benefit of clergy . See benefit of clergy …

    Black's law dictionary