Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of a priest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Priestly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a priest, or that which belongs to priests; sacerdotal.

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

  • adj. befitting or characteristic of a priest or the priesthood

Etymologies

priest +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The young men of Montale were now on the other side of the window, stacked like silent acrobats, and a jigsaw of faces squirmed against the glass strangely noble, priestlike faces, nobly suffering.

    'The Pregnant Widow'

  • None of them was a reader, so I was mysterious and magical, almost priestlike, treated with a respect I was unused to in my old indoor life among bitter writers and overfamiliar readers, the well-meaning bores of literacy.

    Beard

  • 'We live in a scientific age', she continued, 'yet we assume that knowledge of science is the prerogative of only a small number of human beings, isolated and priestlike in their laboratories'.

    Rachel Carson's environmental ethics

  • She is surrounded by about twenty priestlike figures all wearing hooded black robes and fearsome jackal masks of the Egyptian god Anubis.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • She had seen his actions long enough to know that he was almost priestlike in his gentleness.

    Enchantment

  • Of his hasty promise to become honest and even priestlike, Loganaro thought not at all, save to smile at such foolishness.

    Conan the Fearless

  • He had not forseen this profound and private grief in its priestlike austerity.

    Funeral Games

  • In that priestlike scarecrow with the dull brown eyes my organism had sensed a friend.

    The Kobra Manifesto

  • Dudley Senanayake is a priestlike fellow, who is advocating prohibition.

    Ceylon and the Colombo Plan

  • For, if the function of a critic be merely to perform the office of a sign-post, pointing out what he personally likes and stimulating for that as much enthusiasm as possible, his task is clearly something less priestlike than it would be if, beauty being absolute, it were his to win for absolute beauty adequate appreciation.

    Since Cézanne

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