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  • adj. Alternative form of Jesuitic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Designing; crafty; politic; insinuating: an opprobrious term.

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  • adj. having qualities characteristic of Jesuits or Jesuitism


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  • It was designing of him, what Brother Polycarp would have called Jesuitical, and it troubled him, the deceit.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • 'A cruel court that perhaps more properly called Jesuitical than Papistical. '

    Gladys, the Reaper

  • On what is called the Jesuitical doctrine of Pious Frauds, it was voted that they are wrong, although on the similar question whether it is ever allowable to tell lies the members agreed with military men, statesmen and others that occasion may arise to justify them.

    History of the University of North Carolina. Volume I: From its Beginning to the Death of President Swain, 1789-1868

  • Thus, to all her mother's incitement she replied merely by such phrases as are wrongly called Jesuitical -- wrongly, because the

    Albert Savarus

  • He invented the word "Jesuitical", in his Provincial Letters, and in those letters single-handedly created the myth of the crafty Jesuit.

    California Literary Review

  • "Then, just after you branded me as Jesuitical, I turned the conversation to Lucile, saying that I wished to see what I could see."

    CHAPTER 10

  • Essentially a moral man, his rigid New England morality has suffered a sea change and developed into the morality of the master-man of affairs, equally rigid, equally uncompromising, but essentially Jesuitical in that he believes in doing wrong that right may come of it.


  • For you can only modify in the direction of my position, which is neither so Jesuitical nor so harsh as you have defined it.

    CHAPTER 10

  • In fact, the whole stand you are making is nothing more or less than Jesuitical.

    CHAPTER 10

  • But as the constitutional scholar Philip Bobbitt points out, the notion that Guantánamo was not subject to American laws simply because the territory was a long-term lease from Cuba was a flimsy and Jesuitical interpretation of the law: “The whole theory of the U.S. Constitution is that it applies laws to the acts of the State.”

    The Longest War


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