from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Roman Catholic Church A member of the Society of Jesus.
- noun One given to subtle casuistry.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A member of the “Society of Jesus” (or “Company of Jesus”), founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1534 and confirmed by the Pope in 1540.
- noun A crafty or insidious person; an intriguer: so called in allusion to the crafty and intriguing methods commonly ascribed to the Jesuits.
- noun [lowercase] A dress worn by women in the latter part of the eighteenth century; a kind of indoor morning-gown.
- To cause to conform to the principles of the Jesuits; make a Jesuit of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (R. C. Ch.) One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus.
- noun Fig.: A crafty person; an intriguer.
- noun Peruvian bark, or the bark of certain species of Cinchona; -- so called because its medicinal properties were first made known in Europe by Jesuit missionaries to South America.
- noun See Friar's balsam, under
- noun the European water chestnut.
- noun powdered cinchona bark.
- noun a Chilian leguminous shrub, used as a tea and medicinally.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Christianity a member of the
Society of Jesus
- adjective of, relating to, or characteristic of this society or its members
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a member of the Jesuit order
- adjective having qualities characteristic of Jesuits or Jesuitism
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
We first hear of the term Jesuit in 1544, applied as a term of reproach by adversaries.
It was impossible for us to strike the tents till the afternoon, and then we took our departure, and made an easy march of four miles to another branch of Hico river, which we called Jesuit's creek, because it misled us.
The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
The Honolulu-born Jesuit is the past president of Gonzaga University and is also well-known philosopher and physicist who is involved in bringing science and theology together.
The Jesuits, for example, place abuser priests in Jesuit communities away from schools and parishes, where they typically cannot leave without another priest, said the Rev. Thomas Gaunt, executive secretary of the Jesuit Conference, the order's U.S. office.
Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina savaged the southeast Louisiana coast, sportsmen like Joe Courcelle in Jesuit Bend, about 40 miles downriver from New Orleans, were trying to view the glass as half-full.
It was not by turning his back on courts that he could hope to regenerate them; but it would be interesting could we discover whether by a contrary decision he would have averted some of the odium which the name Jesuit has accumulated in the course of ages.
The word Jesuit refers to the Society of Jesus, & the largest order of all Catholics in doomed america.
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But the Jesuit is not exempt from the prejudices of his order; he adopts and adorns, like his rival Buchanan, the most absurd of the national legends; he is too careless of criticism and chronology, and supplies, from a lively fancy, the chasms of historical evidence.
The intrepid Joncaire, agent of France among the Senecas, was scandalized at what he calls the Jesuit's flight, and wrote to the commandant of Fort Frontenac that its effect on the Indians was such that he, Joncaire, was in peril of his life. [