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- noun A Roman Catholic order of regular clergy, founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534, that is strongly committed to education, theological scholarship, and missionary work.
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- proper noun An
orderof Roman Catholic clergy, the Jesuits, having a traditionof education, theological scholarship, and missionary work
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- noun a Roman Catholic order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 to defend Catholicism against the Reformation and to do missionary work among the heathen; it is strongly committed to education and scholarship
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