Definitions

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 Friar.
  • 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

Etymologies

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

[French Jésuite, from Jésus, Jesus, from Late Latin Iēsus; see Jesus.]

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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