American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Judaism A chief priest, especially of the ancient Levitical priesthood. By tradition this office was restricted to men.
- n. Mormon Church A priest of the Melchizedek order. By tradition this office is restricted to men.
- n. The head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine.
- n. A clergyman with a higher function than a normal priest.
- n. In the history of the Hebrew Testament (Tanakh), the male person who was responsible for making the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Always a descendant of Aaron the older brother of Moses.
- n. Jesus Christ.
- n. Mormonism The second-lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
- n. A person holding a position of power or influence; an authority in a field of study, doctrine, art or a movement.
- n. Wicca A third degree (sometimes forth degree) male witch in Wicca.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See in the Vocabulary.
- (Eccl.) A chief priest; esp., the head of the Jewish priesthood.
- n. a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine
- n. a senior clergyman and dignitary
“His answer to the problem of Octavian was to divide the Roman world between them, with a sop thrown to Marcus Lepidus, high priest and owner of a large senatorial faction.”
“And our encouragement to make use of this foundation and to engage in this way is taken from his discharge of the office of a high priest in our behalf: ` "Having an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near.”
“And compassion is the first grace required in a high priest or sacrificer, Heb.v. 2.”
“In that same year of 1904 died the high priest of our political corruption, Mark Hanna.”
“Visionary and fraudster, the prince whom Lord Cromer called “the great high priest of Sham” was the first great kleptocrat of modern African history.2”
“The emperor was the great high priest of the nation.”
“It was said that the turban of Orosmane, the costume of America, the Roman toga, or the robe of the high priest of Jerusalem, all became him equally well; and I believe that this was the exact truth.”
“Serapis A peculiarly hybrid god invented for the citizens of Alexandria by its first Ptolemy and the then high priest of Ptah, one Manetho.”
“One newspaper called him “a high priest of the kid-glove persuasion”; another, “an elegant Jeremiah”; and Mr. Lionel Tollemache, combining in one harmonious whole the absurdities of all the other commentators, says: “When asked my opinion of this quaint man of genius, I have described him as a Hebrew prophet in white kid gloves.””
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”
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