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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A member of the Society of Jesus.
  • n. One given to subtle casuistry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a member of the Society of Jesus
  • adj. of, relating to, or characteristic of this society or its members

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus.
  • n. Fig.: A crafty person; an intriguer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to conform to the principles of the Jesuits; make a Jesuit of.
  • n. A member of the “Society of Jesus” (or “Company of Jesus”), founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1534 and confirmed by the Pope in 1540.
  • n. A crafty or insidious person; an intriguer: so called in allusion to the crafty and intriguing methods commonly ascribed to the Jesuits.
  • n. [lowercase] A dress worn by women in the latter part of the eighteenth century; a kind of indoor morning-gown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Jesuit order
  • adj. having qualities characteristic of Jesuits or Jesuitism

Etymologies

French Jésuite, from Jésus, Jesus, from Late Latin Iēsus; see Jesus1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "3. lowercase A dress worn by women in the latter part of the eighteenth century; a kind of indoor morning-gown." --Cent. Dict.

    August 10, 2011